The UK Royal Navy has received a new training environment for close range weapon training from QinetiQ.

Delivery follows a previous contract by the Royal Navy to deliver a scalable, flexible, training simulation system, which provides individual, collective and continuation training in the use of close-range weapons.

QinetiQ has delivered the new Close-Range Weapon Training (CRWT) facility at HMS Collingwood within 12 months of the contract award.

"The MoD has embraced a new breed of simulation and training."

The updated 3D virtual environment package includes adapted ship-mounted weapons to provide an immersive and operationally current series of weapons training platforms by integrating its software with Virtual Battlespace (VBS2 2) and current gaming technology.

Capable of reconfiguring to work with other training programmes, the new facility will enable interoperability and data exchange using open standards and interfaces to meet future user requirements.

Training and Simulations Services managing director Miles Adcock said, "The MoD has embraced a new breed of simulation and training, which combines QinetiQ’s knowledge of technology, detailed military understanding from experience in operational theatres, and the creativity of the gaming industry to deliver intuitive, flexible and cost-effective training solutions."

Designed as a part of the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) simulation strategy, QinetiQ’s facility is intended to provide reconfigurable and adaptable simulation and training capabilities to meet changing operational needs.

Used individually or collectively within ten bespoke training scenarios, the new facility provides a simulated training environment for weapons training, such as four general purpose machine guns (GPMG), four mini-guns, as well as 30mm and 20mm cannons.