New Zealand Army Selects BISim’s VBS4 for Tactical Command and Control Training

Jun 27, 2022

Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) is pleased to announce that the New Zealand Army is the latest to join a growing list of military customers around the world to choose its simulation software, VBS4, for tactical command and control training.

BISim has proudly served the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) for over 15 years and looks forward to continuing to provide software, support, product training, and development services through local subsidiary Bohemia Interactive Australia (BIA).
Ryan Stephenson, Managing Director of Bohemia Interactive Australia

VBS4 provides a comprehensive virtual desktop training environment with whole-earth rendering for tactical training, experimentation, and mission rehearsal. The software performs as a powerful simulation host for any image generator and supports a wide range of individual, team, and collective activities up to the battlegroup level.

In addition to desktop configurations, VBS4 has “off-the-shelf” integration with virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR) headsets, including the Varjo XR-3, and other commercial off-the-shelf/military off-the-shelf (COTS/MOTS) hardware (such as armored fighting vehicle weapons controllers). This provides the New Zealand army with a common simulation software that can be reused in a wide variety of training systems and different levels of physical fidelity, reducing the total cost of ownership to the enterprise.

The New Zealand Army has also been a long term user of Terratools, BISim’s virtual terrain generation software. It has been used to build a number of highly detailed tactical maps of the Army’s training areas.


Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim), a wholly owned subsidiary of BAE Systems, Inc., is a global software company at the forefront of simulation training solutions for military and civilian organisations. BISim uses the latest game-based technology and a large, experienced in-house team of engineers to develop high-fidelity, cost-effective training and simulation software products and components for military applications.

Globally, many hundreds of thousands of military personnel are trained every year using our high-fidelity VBS software products. More than 60 NATO and NATO-friendly countries, and over 300 integrators/prime contractors use VBS technology; many making significant funding commitments to extend VBS product capabilities. Our customers include the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, Canadian Armed Forces, French Armed Forces, Bundeswehr, Swedish Armed Forces, Australian Defence Force, New Zealand Defence Force and major system integrators. Our flagship VBS products have become one of the most widely used COTS product ranges in the military-simulation sector supporting hundreds of military use cases.