The Synthetic Weapons Attachment can be used with a wide variety of weapons, whether on land, in the air, or on the deck of a ship. For example, the kit might be attached to an M240 or 50-caliber gun on a vehicle.
One of the Synthetic Weapons Attachment’s most important benefits is that it enables soldiers to use their actual weapons in virtual training. This means that when they go into live-fire exercises, they have had more time with their weapon and so are more proficient.
The Synthetic Weapons Attachment can be used with any Windows-based gaming or virtual reality (VR) system. The kit is compact (it fits in a carry-on case), easy to deploy, and capable of being used in a classroom setting or in outdoor training. It can meet each unit’s unique training needs, from gunnery crew drills to live-fire rehearsals, and takes 5 minutes to set up for each training session.
Hundreds of active, guard, and reserve soldiers have already had training or are scheduled to be trained on using the Synthetic Weapons Attachment. The Contractor Performance Assessment Report (CPAR) for the Booz Allen team that was responsible for the Army project noted that “this effort is a superior example of innovation and excellence that [enables] soldiers to learn on the training field rather than bleed on the battlefield.”