The Saab brand is known in the automotive and aerospace industries. The less known to consumers side of the business of the Swedish concern is the defense industry. Among other things, Saab produces manual rocket launchers, which need to be regularly demonstrated to potential buyers.
For the initial demonstration of the anti-tank launcher Carl Gustaf M4, the company, with the support of the studio Vobling, has developed a virtual reality simulation in which the user can fire a weapon as much as he wants. The basis of the simulation is a special controller created from the M4 and installed on it Vive Tracker. It provides an opportunity to assess the real weight, shape and control of the installation, as well as the difference between compatible projectiles.
The first version of the simulator was born back in 2017. Now the finalized product will be one of the key exhibits of the demo zone at Saab’s Stockholm headquarters. Vobling is testing a new version of the software on the Vive Pro and the prototype from Varjo. The project should be completed in the first quarter of 2019.
Currently, it is not clear whether Saab plans to integrate the simulator into any combat training program for the soldiers. Vobling claims he helps the user go through a “realistic learning scenario.” And this will not be superfluous when dealing with such a powerful weapon.