BISim introduces cheaper game engine for defense simulations

Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) announced its VBS Builder Edition for building defense and civilian training simulations.

Orlando, Florida-based Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) is a leader in simulation and training solutions, and it has built both games and military simulations.

It’s latest work is VBS Builder Edition, a comprehensive simulation solution development platform which the company said is set to revolutionize the way developers and systems integrators create and deploy complex simulation solutions for defense customers worldwide.

The VBS Builder Edition addresses the pressing need for synthetic, immersive, and virtual training environments within fully simulated virtual worlds. With global allied defense customers facing significant challenges in cost, environmental impact, and human safety during real-world training, mission planning, and wargaming exercises, the demand for innovative simulation solutions has never been greater.

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“VBS Builder Edition empowers simulation developers to author and deploy complex simulation solutions rapidly and at lower costs,” said Rahul Thakkar, president of BISim, in a statement. “Our partners are leveraging this platform to integrate high-fidelity simulations with custom AI, training modules, and wargaming features, creating immersive environments that train hundreds of thousands of military personnel across over 60 countries worldwide.”

Kongsberg’s Core

The edition has a VBS Simulation SDK, which enables developers to create high-fidelity simulations quickly. Kongsberg, a defense contractor, has used this SDK to develop a Remote Weapon Systems Training Simulation, enhancing engagement and knowledge retention among trainees.

Pia Andersen, program director through life support at Kongsberg, said in a statement, “Our CORE Training Simulator, combined with the stunningly realistic virtual world provided by VBS, is more engaging, which improves knowledge retention and drives behavioral change. We used the VBS Simulation SDK to integrate real equipment with VBS.”

Equipped with over 19,000 3D models, customizable AI behaviors, and scenario editors, the SDK platform offers unparalleled flexibility and customization options.

Developers can subscribe to the VBS Builder Edition, install it on their computers, and begin coding immediately. Collaboration options, support subscriptions, and partnership opportunities further expedite deployment and maximize efficiency.

Rahul Thakkar will be presenting the platform at DisTec on April 10, 2024, and demonstrations will be available at booth #B20 during IT2EC from April 9 to April 11, 2024.