New dismounted soldier training system from Cubic worn by soldier

ORLANDO, Fla., 2 Nov. 2009 COMBATREDI, a new portable training system for dismounted soldiers from Cubic in Orlando, Fla., is completely worn by the soldier, removing the need for a dedicated training facility.

ORLANDO, Fla., 2 Nov. 2009 COMBATREDI, a new portable training system for dismounted soldiers from Cubic in Orlando, Fla., is completely worn by the soldier, removing the need for a dedicated training facility.

The system, which enables soldiers to be immersed in a 360 degree virtual environment is run by a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) computer – the Reditac – located on the soldier's back, says Mark Saturno, director of business development, Cubic Simulation Systems division. The computer uses an Intel Core 2 Duo processor with a 128 megabits solid-state hard drive.

The system uses sensors located on various parts of the body to determine if he is running, jumping, squatting, etc. as well as sensors that determine the position the soldier's gun, Saturno says. The Reditrack sensor suite includes a vest mounted inertial motion tracker, a leg position sensor, a wireless weapon receiver, and the helmet mounted display (HMD) inertial motion tracker, according to the cubic data sheet.

The entire system is wireless, which may prevent it from functioning on a trade show floor, but otherwise it works pretty much everywhere, Saturno says.

The Redisite HMD uses a high-definition organic light emitting diode (OLED) display, 60 by 45 degree field of view, integrated 3D stereo headset with microphone for sound effects and communication, and an advanced tactical helmet, according to the data sheet.

The system's weapon – Redifire – is a wireless surrogate weapon for firearm training, according to the data sheet.

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