Nigerian Army conducts battle simulation with MASA SWORD and VBS4

The Nigerian Army on 21 July commenced a five-day Simulation Exercise codenamed EX LION HEART at the Land Forces Simulation Centre Nigeria, Giri, Abuja.

Exercise LION HEART featured the use of simulation technologies to build capacity, force multiplication in order to aid ongoing military operations across the country.

MASA Group and Bohemia Interactive Simulation, provided trial versions of their MASA Simulated War gaming for Operational Readiness and Doctrine (SWORD) and the Virtual Battle Space Series 4 software to the Army’s Land Forces Simulation Centre.

MASA SWORD has all the functionalities to meet today and future requirements for the constructive simulation needs in the context of Army Collective training, says MASA Group.

SWORD is one of the most advanced Wargaming and homeland security simulation software packages available as a COTS offering worldwide.

Using it’s proprietary Direct Artificial Intelligence (Direct AI), the SWORD offers wargame solution with automated forces for high-level training and analysis.

SWORD, can provide a large variety of training scenarios including high intensity conflicts (coercion), stabilization missions, operations with asymmetrical actors, as well as maneuvers in urban zones and in the open. 

SWORD is currently in use by the French Army, the Swiss Army, the Brazilian Army, the Peruvian Army, the Ecuadorian Army, the Colombian Army, the New Zealand Army, the Bangladesh Army, NATO and others.  

On the other hand, the Virtual Battle Space Series 4 software (VBS4) provides a comprehensive virtual desktop training environment with whole-earth rendering for tactical training, experimentation, and mission rehearsal, and performs as a powerful simulation host.

Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff(COAS) Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya commended the Centre for collaborating with relevant organisations and agencies with wealth of experience in simulation technology to fast track its development.

Also, The Director General Land Forces Simulation Centre Nigeria, Major General Felix Omoigui explained that the exercise, which is jointly organised with the Defence Simulation Centre Jaji is aimed at enhancing the capacity of the technical staff of the centres and sister security services for operational planning and decision making.

Director General Land Forces Simulation Centre Nigeria, Major General Felix Omoigui 
The event had in attendance senior officers both serving and retired, participants drawn from various formations and units of the Nigerian Army and other security agencies.

According to him, the exercise will equally sharpen the skills of personnel of the centres and the Nigerian Army in the newly acquired simulation software. He added that the joint exercise will further build capacity on the use of the MASA SWORD software. He expressed gratitude to the COAS for his support to the centre and for providing the needed logistics for the exercise.

Ekene Lionel

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