A-10 Warthog Pilots Are Using The Digital Combat Simulator Video Game To Train In VR
The publicly available extreme-fidelity air combat video game is so accurate that actual A-10 pilots are now using it to train.
Some of the U.S. Air Force’s A-10 Warthog pilots are now training, in part, using a literal computer game, albeit a highly sophisticated and realistic one, known as Digital Combat Simulator World, more commonly referred to simply as DCS. The 355th Training Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona is using DCS together with commercially available virtual reality headsets and other gaming peripherals to provide a low-cost way of augmenting more traditional training regimens on the ground and in the air. This underscores the growing and at times controversial interest within the Air Force, as well as elsewhere across the U.S. military, in using VR to help expand training capacity and do so on the cheap.