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“We will take the physical mockup of a sighting system for a thermal sight and use a touch screen to emulate the physical controls rather than knobs and controls,” Landers explains. “We're still teaching the technique,” he says, explaining that the desktop version will allow more people to get more training more often, before they “progress to physical model for knobology training.”

All versions of the simulator can be networked so soldiers can practice multi-ASLAV operations.

“It's like a very, very sophisticated computer game,” Landers says, before disappointing your correspondent with the revelation that staff don't stay up late or come in on weekends for milspec-grade multiplayer fragfests – and not because play on expensive military equipment is forbidden.

“The team are just over it by the time it comes to the weekend,” Landers says. ®

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