The New Zealand Army has chosen Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) simulation software, VBS4, for tactical command and control training.

"BISim has served the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) for over 15 years and will continue to provide software, support, product training, and development services through local subsidiary Bohemia Interactive Australia (BIA)," said Ryan Stephenson, Managing Director of Bohemia Interactive Australia.

VBS4 provides a virtual desktop training environment with whole-earth rendering for tactical training, experimentation, and mission rehearsal. The software performs as a simulation host for any image generator and supports a wide range of individual, team, and collective activities up to the battlegroup level.

In addition to desktop configurations, VBS4 has “off-the-shelf” integration with virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR) headsets, including the Varjo XR-3, and other commercial off-the-shelf/military off-the-shelf (COTS/MOTS) hardware (such as armored fighting vehicle weapons controllers). This provides the New Zealand army with a common simulation software that can be reused in a wide variety of training systems and different levels of physical fidelity, reducing the total cost of ownership to the enterprise.