WASHINGTON: Virtual reality technology became a new way to train soldiers’ combat skills while saving a large amount of training cost, American global aerospace and defense technology company Northrop Grumman said on Tuesday.
During a military training, a facility named Distributed Training Center (DTC) at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in the State of Virginia replicated scenarios in battle zones where warfighters are deployed, while each virtual scenario was designed and created based on mission demands.
Within the virtual scenario created by DTC, ground forces such as Marine infantry could train their battle skills by cooperating with air force crew like F-15E jet fighter pilots, according to Northrop Grumman.
“During two training events, eight F-15E aircrew based at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho trained with four Marines from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state via the DTC,” said Northrop Grumman.
Such kind of training was named “close air support” (CAS). In military tactics, CAS is an air strike carried out by aircraft against a hostile target that is posing major threat to ground troops.
Northrop Grumman said that CAS training closely replicated scenarios in current battlefields, while providing virtual but constructive training at “a fraction of the cost” of a real training.
“The Marines were impressed with the high fidelity training and said the customized scenarios felt like real life,” said Martin Amen, director of secure network operations of Northrop Grumman.
Northrop Grumman said that the DTC had provided training for the U.S. Air Force for nine years, but this was the first time Marines used the DTC to train for their missions.
Headquartered in West Falls Church, Virginia, Northrop Grumman was also a top-tier arms trader in the world. In 2018, the company ranked 118th on the Fortune 500 list.
Fawad Ch. launches lunar calendar
ISLAMABAD: Fed. Minister for Science & Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Sunday has launched moonsighting website (pakmoonsighting.pk,) and a calendar:
According to the lunar calendar, Muslims in Pakistan will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on 5th of June (2019). Talking to NPTV he said that the website would halt the moonsighting controversy that the nation faces every year.
Pakistan among top countries where Facebook restricted most content
KARACHI: Pakistan ranked second in the list of countries where social media giant Facebook restricted maximum content.
The total content curbed in Pakistan by the platform doubled between July and December 2018, according to Facebook’s latest transparency report released on Friday.
4,174 items were restricted in Pakistan during the second half of 2018, as compared to 2,203 pieces from the first half of the year.
According to the breakdown of the content restricted in Pakistan, Facebook suspended 3,811 posts, 343 pages and groups, 10 profiles and one album. On Instagram, the platform restricted a total of nine items — seven posts and two accounts.
China slams US ‘lies’ about Huawei-government ties
BEIJING: Beijing on Friday accused the United States of spreading “lies” about Huawei after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the telecom giant was not being truthful about its ties to the Chinese government.
Huawei has been thrust at the centre of escalating tensions between the world’s two top economies, with President Donald Trump saying Thursday the fate of the company could be included in any deal to resolve their trade war.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said he was not aware of the “specifics” of Trump’s comments and repeated that dialogue must be based on “mutual respect”.
The Trump administration has infuriated Beijing by blacklisting the smartphone and telecommunications company over worries that China uses it as a tool for espionage and allegations of breaking Iran related sanctions.
Huawei has repeatedly denied that it works with the Communist-led government.
“To say that they don’t work with the Chinese government is a false statement,” Pompeo said.
Lu said US politicians have spread rumours about Huawei without providing evidence.