What is simulation in the field of security and defense?
Simulation in the Armed Forces is an essential tool for combat preparation, since it allows the management and development of operations in fictitious and real terrain, effectively complementing the instruction and training of military units. Some of the applications of simulation in security and defense training include:
- Tactical and technical training
- Mission planning
- Land reconnaissance
- Surveillance and target acquisition
- Execution of the mission and assessment of the damage inflicted
Advantages of simulation in security and defense training
Some of the advantages of using simulation in security and defense training include:
- Reducing the risk of accidents
- Savings in materials and fuel costs
- Conservation and care of the environment
- First-level training in operational instruction and decision making
- Evaluation and improvement of applied teaching methods
Emerging technologies in security and defense simulation
Technological innovations are also influencing simulation for security and defense. Some of the emerging technologies in this field include:
Virtual reality and mixed reality
Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are changing the way security and defense training is conducted. These technologies allow users to immerse themselves in both virtual and blended (virtual + real) environments and manipulate objects as if they were real, providing a more realistic and effective learning experience.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are being used to improve the effectiveness of simulations in security and defense training. For example, AI can be used to create more realistic and challenging scenarios, and to tailor training to the specific needs of each user.
Simulation in the cloud
Cloud simulation allows users to access simulation environments from anywhere at any time, facilitating large-scale collaboration and training. In addition, this technology enables organizations to reduce the costs associated with IT infrastructure maintenance.
Challenges and challenges in simulation for security and defense
Despite the advances in technology and the innovative solutions of companies such as Grupo Oesía, there are still challenges and challenges in the implementation of simulation in security and defense training, among them:
As the Armed Forces of different countries collaborate on joint missions, it is essential that simulation systems are interoperable. This will allow military forces from different nations to train together and share resources efficiently.
One of the main challenges in simulation is to achieve a high level of realism in virtual scenarios and environments. To be effective, simulations must accurately replicate real-world conditions and provide users with the opportunity to practice skills and make decisions in an environment as close to reality as possible.
Adoption of new technologies
The rapid evolution of emerging technologies makes it difficult for organizations to keep up with the latest developments. The Armed Forces must be willing to invest in new solutions and adapt their training processes to take full advantage of new technologies.
Capabilities that Grupo Oesía offers to its customers
Grupo Oesía provides specialized solutions in all categories of simulation, including:
It involves real people using real systems.
Real people use simulated equipment in virtual environments.
Scenarios, environment, type of action, equipment and unit interaction are simulated virtually with software, evolving according to defined rules, as well as through AI.
Oesia Group success stories in simulation for security and defense
The Field Artillery Simulator (SIMACA) is an example of the success of Grupo Oesía in the implementation of simulation in the field of security and defense. Designed and maintained by Tecnobit-Oesia Group for more than two decades, the SIMACA provides a simulated environment in which a great number of exercises can be carried out in different operational environments, adapted to the training level and particular objectives of each Unit, achieving the highest operability, using all types of ammunition, with total security and optimizing resources.
SIMAF and SIMTAR
In addition to SIMACA, Grupo Oesía has developed and is developing similar platforms for other countries in the world, such as the Fire Support Simulator (SIMAF) in Brazil, currently considered the largest military simulator in Latin America, and SIMTAR, the new Artillery Simulation Center that will provide the Emirates Armed Forces with a capacity that they did not have until now, training its integration with the maneuver unit and reaching brigade level, besides including simulators for the training of JTACs in the execution of CAS (Close Air Support) actions.
Simulation in security and defense training is essential to train the Armed Forces. We have discussed the advantages, such as risk reduction, cost savings and improved training and decision making. Companies such as Grupo Oesía provide innovative solutions such as SIMACA, SIMAF and SIMTAR, which have proved to be successful in the improvement of training.
Emerging technologies, such as virtual and mixed reality, artificial intelligence and cloud simulation, have the potential to further transform security and defense training. However, challenges such as interoperability, realism and adoption of new technologies must be addressed to ensure that simulations remain effective and relevant in the future.
In summary, simulation is a critical component of security and defense training that enables the Armed Forces to adapt and prepare for emerging threats. Investment in research and development of simulation solutions is essential to ensure the effectiveness and readiness of the Armed Forces in the 21st century.
Jaime Ledo, Product Manager Simulation at Tecnobit-Grupo Oesía