The Nigerian Army on Tuesday launched Land Forces Simulation centre.
The centre which organised in collaboration with MASA Group of France is to enhance capacity building and force multiplication for Nigerian military.
Speaking during the launch, the Chief of Army Staff, who was represented by the Major General, Enobong Udoh, Buratai said, “Simulation-based military training has gained popularity worId-wide amongst defence organisations as it offers the dual benefit of boosting operational effectiveness while reducing cost.
“Militaries around the world have to keep up with major technological advancements in equipment and operate in a complex and dynamic environments, including non-traditional threats and the growth of information warfare.
“You at agree with me that the pace of change is so fast that traditional training method are no longer able to reflect the new operational reality.”
He said that in order to cope and equally respond to these challenging military conflicts are and associated asymmetric threats, “our Armed Forces confronted with focused training including deployments, combined and joint operations which are prerequisites in dealing with these threats. However, this can only be achieved through employment of simulation technologies for learning, training and testing as well as rehearsals amongst others.
“Thus, the establishment of Land Forces Simulation Centre Nigeria was premised on the urgent need to extensively deploy simulation technology for capacity building and force multiplication.
“One of those desirable strategies is collaboration with relevant outfits and organizations with wealth of experience in simulation technologies,” he added.
He enjoined “all participants to pay utmost interest and make significant use of the period to maximize the gains associated with this training.
“On my part, I will continue to support the Centre with the requisite wherewithal to make it of an international status.”
In his opening remarks, the Director General of the centre, Major General Clement Olukoju said the launch of the centre “marks the beginning of its maiden training of Simulation Managers and System Operators for the Nigerian Army.
“Simulation is an inherent and fundamental aspect of operation planning for any modern army. Added to this, it is a vital prerequisite for preparing military forces for operational engagement through realistic training.”
He said the Centre since its inception has embarked on aggressive technical and institutional collaboration within and outside the country to fast track its development.
“The successes of these collaborations are premised on the COAS kind approval of AHQ Teams’ visits to some simulation facilities as well as international conferences fairs and exhibition.
“These visits afforded the Centre to have in-depth discussion with management staff of some reputable companies with wealth of experience in decision making software.
“Worthy of note is the MASA Group which is graciously facilitating this training as well as providing licenses for battle simulation software for the Centre on gratis.”
He pointed out that “the objective of this training is to ensure that participants are taken through the rudiments of battle simulation technology, enhancing capacity in areas of doctrine research, operational analysis using the MASA ‘ Simulated Wargaming for Operational Readiness and Doctrine (SWORD) software.
“I am also confident that the training will set a pace for driving tenacity in the use of simulation systems to meet the peculiarities of NA operational planning. Added to these, participants trained would form a credible data base for NA Simulation Managers that would be required to closely liaise with the Land Forces Simulation Centre Nigeria on all simulation exercises of their respective formations.
“In building capacity at the Centre, particular attention will be given to ensure personnel are able to provide the requisite environment to utilize simulation technologies for the purpose of enhancing knowledge, understanding and operational capacity of the NA.
“Training shall be tailored towards validating operational doctrine and employment of simulation to provide requisite operational planning and decision making at all levels. “Furthermore, efforts would be made to develop simulation platforms through technology transfer occasioned by collaborative efforts.
“Therefore, conducting this training at this particular time is very important for personnel of the Land Forces Simulation Centre Nigeria as well as officers of the NA.
“I urge all the participants at this training to be open minded and prepare themselves adequately, ask questions and broaden their knowledge on simulation technologies.”