August 10, 2023

Armies in APAC Region Explore Using Metaverse To Prepare for Future Conflicts

Metaverse in Military

Metaverse in Military

A recent report by GlobalData, a data and analytics company, revealed various metaverse-based projects conducted by military organizations in the APAC region, such as China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the Singaporean Air Force, and the Korean Air Force.

In its report, The Metaverse in Defense, GlobalData noted militaries across the globe are under pressure to modernize and find innovative methods for organizing and conducting operations in both conventional and unconventional conflicts following the Russian invasion of Ukraine and rising tensions over Taiwan, according to Asia Pacific Defense Reporter.

Benjamin Chin, an associate analyst at the Thematic Intelligence team at GlobalData, said: “By far the largest use case is training, which the metaverse could transform. Metaverse-enabling technologies like augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have been staples in pilot training programs for decades, given aircraft operation costs, the cost of the aircraft itself, and the inherent dangers of flying. As military organizations transition to commercial off-the-shelf technologies, AR and VR will be expanded to roles other than pilots to accelerate training pipelines.”

Several countries, including China, Singapore, and South Korea, are incorporating the metaverse into their military plans. In 2021, President Xi Jinping signed a training mobilization order from China’s Central Military Commission, emphasizing the need to enhance the development of simulation, networking, and aggressive methods. China is investing significantly in its military metaverse to achieve technological equality with its potential peer adversaries, particularly the US.

China’s PLA is also exploring using the metaverse for warfare tactics. One proposed approach is targeting an opponent’s metaverse to disrupt their ability to command, control, communicate, gather intelligence, conduct surveillance, and perform reconnaissance (abbreviated as C4ISR), Chin added.

Singapore and South Korea have been investigating Red 6, a US-based company offering the Advanced Tactical Augmented Reality System (ATARS) training solution. This system can be used indoors and outdoors, overcoming a common issue with AR. Pilots can receive in-air combat training through AR headsets that simulate real-world assets.

The training scenarios available include formation flying and air combat maneuvering. This system aims to enhance efficiency, quality, lethality, cost, readiness, capability, and safety.

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