Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim), a global developer of advanced military simulation and training software, has unveiled the latest releases of its Virtual Battle Space (VBS) flagship products: VBS4 and VBS Blue IG. VBS4 and VBS Blue IG 23.1 include many new features, ease-of-use upgrades, and performance enhancements. The new releases are now available to download via the Customer Portal.

Some of the new features in VBS4 23.1 are: Configurable Radio Antennas, Damage Charring, New Mission Briefing, New Weather Panel and more.

Configurable Radio Antennas - With this new functionality, VBS Radio Pro users can configure radio antennas using the radio administration tool and easily attach them to any vehicle within the battlespace. Administrators can customize the range and supported frequencies and even select custom colors for enhanced visualization. With configurable radio antennas, all units entering an antenna-enabled vehicle will automatically benefit from boosted radio transmission range. The antennas’ locations and range are also visually displayed on the 2D map, giving administrators a clear view of radio coverage.

Damage Charring - Damage charring is a new visual effect that appears on objects and vehicles when they are hit by munitions. This effect is also visible in thermal imaging sensors, where each impact leaves a distinct thermal mark, representing heat transfer from the explosion.

New Mission Briefing - The new mission briefing replaces the traditional “notepad” functionality in VBS4. Users can create HTML briefings with embedded images and incorporate .pdf briefing documents. Administrators can add multiple briefings to each battlespace and a briefing can support multiple languages.

New Weather Panel - In VBS4 23.1, the new weather panel has replaced the weather-specific settings from the existing “scenario settings” panel. The new dedicated weather panel provides users access to all the previously available functions. In addition, it offers improved control over the battlespace weather, such as control of the new volumetric clouds, cloud layers, and fog density and color.

To learn more about the releases, visit BISim Booth #A1 at DSET 2023 from 5-8 June in Bristol, U.K.