Mar 12, Colombo: The Centre for Research and Development (CRD) of the Ministry of Defense has introduced Sri Lanka's first Digital Close Quarter Combat Theatre (MILO Range) which could facilitate live-firing training sessions of Commandos and Special Forces.
According to the Army, the exceptionally-designed low-cost digital training theatre, equipped with live firing facility was especially designed for Commandos and Special Forces and operates on a digital platform similar to the MILO ranges in the US.
The new system uses life size real videos running on surrounding digital screens to provide trainees real time feelings, combined with stress and ambiguity, instead of 3D objects, generally projected in traditional simulators.
Live firing can be used in this way to train special operation soldiers and evaluate their performance under stress and different training scenarios, like shoot or no shoot, skill-building, decision-making, etc. The system also includes an instant feedback system which playbacks every episode for the trainees and instructors to see their performances in return for self-evaluation.
The newly-developed Digital Close Quarter Combat Theatre is an innovation of Major Bandula Nishshanka of the Army, attached to the CRD. Major Bandula is a forensic ballistics specialist and an expert in ballistic, firearms and ammunition and a senior officer of the Sri Lanka Armored Corps. He is also the designer and developer of the recently-introduced first ballistic rubber sheet in Sri Lanka for the use of Armed Forces' training.
This new live firing theatre, designed by him is expected to make a revolutionary change in military training of Sri Lankan Armed Forces since this hi-tech method can also be incorporated into varieties of military training modules, either combat or non-combat.