US Navy eLearn the Ropes With Giant Touchscreen Simulators

US Navy eLearn the Ropes With Giant Touchscreen Simulators

Sailors in the US Navy are now able to get to grips with the complexities of their submarine through a giant screen-based training simulator. 

Based at the Pearl Harbor naval facilities, the state-of-the-art 3D software package allows trainees to use 50-inch touchscreens to visualise and virtually access every part of the massive emergency diesel generators aboard nuclear-powered, Virginia-class submarines.

It's hoped that the program will allow sailors to be trained up on operating and repairing the back-up generators more quickly and more easily than by having to access the real thing - especially as the subs are often out at sea for long periods of time. 

The advanced 3D program - called the Multipurpose Reconfigurable Training System (MRTS) - will save $27 million in training costs and time. Trainees can touch the entire surface area of the screens, virtually pushing buttons, twisting knows and peering inside hidden parts of the system's machinery, rendered with photo-realistic graphics. Mission-based scenarios will test knowledge in a memorable way. 

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