The Nigerian Army has commenced the maiden training of simulation managers and system Operators at the Land Forces Simulation Centre Nigeria
Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai who was represented by the Chief of Trainings and Operations, Major General Enebong Udoh, stated that traditional training methods are no longer able to reflect the new operational reality of the Nigerian army.
He stressed that in order to cope the new realities and respond to the challenging military conflicts, associated asymmetric threats the armed forces is confronted with, focus must be on training including deployments, combined and joint operations in availing the simulation centre with license of trial version of the MASA simulated war-gaming for operational readiness.
“Simulation based training has gained popularity worldwide amongst defence organizations 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,” said Buratai.
In his opening remarks, the Director General, Land Forces Simulation Centre, Nigeria, Major General, Clement Olukoju said simulation is an inherent and fundamental aspect of operational planning for any modern Army and it is vital for preparing military forces for operational engagement through realistic training.
“The Chief of Army Staff established this centre in March 2019, as the premier combat and equipment Simulation outfit of the Nigerian Army, with a view to providing an environment where simulation technology can be utilised for the purpose of enhancing operational efficiency,” he explained.
According to Director General of the Centre, participants at the training would be required to closely liaise with the Land Forces Simulation Centre Nigeria on all simulation exercises of their respective formations.