Computer combat training

The Royal Welsh regiment is using a computer simulation programme to develop their understanding of the tactics and strategies needed in future conflicts.

Soldiers' computer training: 'helping win the wars of tomorrow'

"We're not expected to win every mission" says Sgt. Haydn Poyner.

"They throw different scenarios to see what assets are best used and what different situations, so sometimes you might get absolutely hammered and have mass casualties whereas sometimes we'll do extremely well and win the battle."

The project - known as 'Future Force - is based at the Army's Land Warfare Centre in Warminster.

"We're trying to determine exactly what we need to fight and win the wars of tomorrow" says Col. Tim Law, assistant head of army force development.

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£1m virtual combat training for Royal Welsh soldiers

The software includes highly detailed environments to test the soldiers' skills Credit: ITV News

It looks like the ultimate war game and sounds like it too...

'Urban Warrior 5' is a £1m virtual training programme that soldiers from The Royal Welsh regiment have been taking part in at the Army's Land Warfare Centre in Wiltshire.

It involves using the latest computer software to create realistic combat scenarios. The Army says the simulations help it to decide the resources it needs to invest in for the conflicts of the future.