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British Army invites Cobra Simulation to Warminster

on Friday, 25 September 2020. Posted in September 2020

Cobra spent time with WO1 (Corps SM) Greg Dickson, Corps SM SASC at Headquarters Small Arms School Corps (SASC) In Waterloo Lines Warminster, to get some feedback on our new Cobra180 dome training solution. Waterloo Lines is home to a number of Units including Land Warfare Centre (LWC), Specialist Weapons School (SWS) and HQ SASC to name but a few.



The visit to the HQ SASC Training Centre was timed to coincide with the launch of VBS4, VBS World Server and VBS Blue, integrated software from Bohemia Interactive simulations. The new system brings several new features and benefits to any military training environment.

- 180-degree horizontal field of view
- 80-degree vertical field of view
- A small footprint of just 2.1 metres
- Single projector requiring only a single IG
- Rapid deployment
- VBS Blue ready
- Multiple domes networked
- Re-configurable for different training needs. Land, Air, Sea or Command and Control

The ability to provide a 180° horizontal field of view within such a small footprint is a major advance in reconfigurable dome training systems. Made possible with support from project partners Novatech, Scalable Displays, Sony Professional, and Bohemia Interactive Simulations.

Cobra ran a short AI based demo mission which included several air and land assets. The friendly forces were tasked with the defence of a Forward Operating Base (FOB), by delaying an advancing Armoured Infantry Company Group within a valley. The friendly assets included a number of dismounted Infantry, an attached JTAC and an Anti-Tank Section. Air support from two Typhoon Eurofighters and an A10 Warthog, two main battle tanks and an AH-64 Apache attack helicopter were also included within the scenario.

The demo was designed to highlight the benefits of a large field of view for the trainee or an observer within the battlespace for both pilot and ground forces. The user could select any first-person view of the chosen asset in real time as the mission played out.

WO1 (Corps SM) Dickson invited several colleagues to take a first look at VBS Blue fully rendered at 180° x 80° with a single Image generator.

We welcomed; WO1 (SMI) Neil Farrer (SMI Infantry Trials and Development Unit), WO1 (SMI) Adam Tester (SMI G7 Army HQ HoC GM), WO2 (QMSI) Bagshaw-Wicket (DI Mortar Division), WO2 (QMSI) Martin Black (SASC Trg WO)

It became evident throughout the demonstration that the new platform could advance current training facilities and enhance existing training tools. Topics of discussion included:

• Command & Observer
• Virtual Reconnaissance of the UK and Overseas Training Estates
• Hazard Perception
• Target Indication
• Live Fire Tactical Training (LFTT) Planning and Safety Assurance

We asked what was important within the virtual training environment?

WO1 (Corps SM) Dickson noted

“Being situationally aware in a live fire environment is at the epicentre of our training. The greater the fidelity of the virtual training, the more informed the trainee or observer is, which leads to better decision-making, Command and Control, lethality and target effect."


and how the system could enhance facilities?

He added “Many existing virtual training solutions focus on room scale flat projection screens with a very limited field of view. This restricts the types of training we can effectively deliver within the virtual training space, often meaning we need to jump straight from textbook into to a live environment. This presents challenges with training progressions, especially where the control and supervision of direct and indirect live fire is required.”

We explained that a single system could be deployed fully licensed for under £50k

WO1 (Corps SM) Dickson responded “The recent pandemic has highlighted the need to have an effective virtual training system, that can be used to assess and teach both tactics and weapon employment. As technology continues to gather pace, innovative multi-use platforms that allow us to train in different disciplines and overcome time, space and recourse restrictions. This virtual training will improve live firing safety, but more importantly, it will keep our soldiers current and ready to fight in all future environments”



The team plan to revisit Waterloo Lines in Warminster later in the year, the Cobra180 AV system will be deployed in several different divisions and used alongside existing platforms to fully assess the benefits. Under pinning its versatility as a reconfigurable dome trainer.

Alexander Bradley Managing Director at Cobra Simulation said

“We have always valued direct feedback from the end users of our products. The featured system has been two years in the making, the project led by Cobra Simulation and supported by its collaborative partners Bohemia Interactive Simulations, Novatech, Scalable Displays and Sony Professional. They have been fantastic partners to work with."

"Having the opportunity to share our latest collaborative project first-hand with members of our defence forces has been a great next step, we’re very grateful to our hosts and learnt a great deal about where we should focus our attention.”

British Army invites Cobra Simulation to Warminster

Introducing the wheelie jig for the Cobra180

on Monday, 07 September 2020. Posted in September 2020

Wondered how we deploy our new larger dome from the back of a regular van? Introducing the Cobra180 wheelie jig. Custom built to keep your product safe during transport. The Wheelie jig can be moved through any double doors.

System ready in 30mins with a two person team.

The system feature in the video includes a pre-calibrated Cobra Pro IG & Server, 4k Native Laser projector + 4k secondary monitor, Cobra180 dome plus optics and our X631 supporting stand. Featured Van is the Citreon Relay H2 L3.

Thank you to Exeter College for hosting us at their new multi million pound aviation training facility. Formerly the Flybe Academy.

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Introducing the wheelie jig for the Cobra180

MS&T Magazine SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 2020 - Runners Up

on Monday, 07 September 2020. Posted in September 2020

Congratulations Ryan Aerospace! Very happy to concede the win to Chris Ryan and his team at Ryan Aerospace.

To all our Cobra voters THANK YOU! As runners up it was a close call for top spot and that is thanks to each one of you who took the time to read about our business and place a vote.

Finally, we would like to thank MS&T Magazine for placing us in the finals of this coveted category. Although we did not win, we are very proud to be runners up. This could not have been achieved without our team, their contributions, and their continuous hard work throughout the year.

MS&T Magazine SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 2020 - Runners Up
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