ET is training capability embedded into the actual vehicle, greatly increasing soldiers’ opportunities for training. For ET activities, the vehicle is transitioned to a training state in which, for example, movement of control handles results not in actual turret motion but in simulated turret motion, sound effects, and simulated imagery in the sights. Vehicle systems are utilized to the extent possible and only training-specific software and hardware is added. Oasis has been working on ET for over two decades, starting with desktop experiments; continuing with demonstrations on a surrogate vehicle in 1999, an Abrams tank in 2001, and a Bradley vehicle in 2009; and culminating with our CTS-based production-ready solution.
- ET increases a crew’s opportunities for training by making training available anytime and anywhere. Institutional training systems are not present at every base and are often fully utilized when a unit is preparing for deployment.
- Oasis ET utilizes the Common Training System (CTS) software, making it common with institutional training systems.
- ET has been proven to support opportunity training for sustainment of gunnery skills. Changes necessary to support full Gate to Live Fire (GTLF) training are currently being studied.
- Because the Oasis ET system utilizes CTS, it inherits all of its features.
- ET currently supports all crew interfaces used in gunnery that are electronic (e.g., control handles, FLIR sights). The Oasis Multi-Function Periscope (MFP), aka Switchable Vision Block (SVB) enables incorporation of the periscopes in ET exercises.
Oasis is currently enhancing the ET system and providing integration assistance to General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) to incorporate ET into the Abrams M1A2 SEP V4 (M1A2D) tank in support of fielding in FY 2024.