SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's military has fielded an indigenous high-tech counter-fire simulator aimed at reducing training costs and enhancing combat readiness, Seoul's state arms procurement agency said Wednesday.
The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said that the Army installed the Joint Fire Training Simulator at a field artillery school of the Training & Doctrine Command in Jangseong, some 300 kilometers south of Seoul, on Tuesday.
The Seoul government and the local defense firm SIMNET Co. jointly launched the simulator development project worth 3.1 billion won (US$2.76 million) in November 2015 and completed it in December last year.
The simulator uses big data, virtual reality and other cutting-edge technologies to allow troops to practice counter-fire operations against enemy targets under specific terrain features, the DAPA said.
The simulator also enables them to use all key weapons systems of the Army, Navy and Air Force in the simulated drills. It can train up to 50 troops simultaneously.
Before its deployment, the South Korean military used simulators imported from Britain and Israel. They allow up to 20 troops to train in a session, with only three to four of their counter-fire systems used in their drills.
The DAPA said that the new simulator is expected to save around 25 billion won in artillery training costs annually.
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