Sunday, May 23, 2010
Infantry Training, Lasertag Style
Chile's army operates an infantry training center that uses laser technology to simulate live-fire combat. The center is similar to the US Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in California, although in a much smaller scale. The center is located at an army facility in Peldehue, about 40 km north of Santiago, where army special forces also train. The laser technology is much like the laser tag games. Soldiers use a rifle with a laser beam and aim it an opponent. If the "shot" is successful, detectors worn by the troops identify the opponent as a casualty. The Peldehue center is one of several in Chile where simulators are used. The air force has flight simulators for some of its aircraft; the army also has a training simulator for tank crews.