Israel's Elbit Systems announced that the company's Brigade and Battlegroup Mission Training Center (B2MTC) has won the IDF's Innovation Award for 2020. The IDF based its selection on considerations such as the center's originality, feasibility, scalability and extraordinary contribution to the IDF's overall effectiveness.
Since entering service, the B2MTC has been used by the IDF ground forces for hundreds of hours, with thousands of troops in active duty and the reserves utilizing the system for their field training.
The B2MTC immerses commanders, headquarters staff and two subordinate command levels in high-fidelity combat situations in actual battle zone territory. It reduces the costs and logistics spent on field training while enabling a hyper-realistic training experience using the same operational Battle Management Systems that are in use by the IDF. The B2MTC presents commanders and their staff with a realistic operational picture, enables them to operate a range of assets, compels them to respond to real-time changes, and requires them to cope with tactical communications that are realistically impacted by various effects, Elbit said.
In addition, the B2MTC supports large-scale geo-specific terrain, dynamic weather and thousands of virtual entities, offering a uniquely engaging training experience for more than a hundred trainees at a time. The system emulates the realistic flow of information between levels of command and from a range of intelligence, target acquisition and fire functions, enabling complex, joint combat scenarios to be exercised. In-service tactical communication is simulated, with performance realistically impacted by cyber, bandwidth, terrain, weather and other effects. The exercise director can introduce dynamic, on-the-fly changes into the simulation, allowing commanders to test their ability to react and adapt to the challenges of battle. The after-action review and debrief mode offers synchronized playback of the entire exercise, providing trainees with meaningful insight into the consequences of decisions and actions, according to Elbit.
The B2MTC's training hall. Photo: Elbit