Raytheon unveiled a new immersive military training product at I/ITSEC, the world's largest modeling, simulation and training event. The Synthetic Training Environment Soldier Virtual Trainer, or STE SVT, uses virtual reality (VR) to train squads of soldiers in multiple scenarios while using real and virtual weapons.

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The new virtual simulator is designed to train dismounted infantry and uses the latest technological advances to deliver training at a moment's notice from any location. It delivers realism and accessibility while reducing the cost and logistical challenge of high-consequence training missions.

"We are blending our understanding of training with emerging technologies – augmented reality, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and big data – to connect and secure military training like never before," said Bob Williams, vice president of Global Training Solutions at Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services.

The vision for the U.S. Army's Synthetic Training Environment is to create a common synthetic environment for soldiers to train together from anywhere in the world. The current room-sized simulators will be replaced by portable laptop-powered AR/VR headsets that easily can be transported to soldiers for use anywhere at any time.