Defence Virtual Simulation

The Defence Virtual Simulation (DVS) is the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) common virtual simulation tool providing interoperable, accessible and deployable virtual simulation capabilities across the MOD. The DVS capability is delivered by Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) in the form of Virtual Battlespace 3 (VBS3) and enables simulated activity across all levels of training, including live and virtual simulation, education and experimentation.

What does it do?

  • provide all MOD users with the UK MOD version of VBS3 to carry out simulation based training and implement VBS3 into their classrooms, training facilities or part task trainers
  • covers CT1 through to elements of CT3+ as well as Test & Evaluation functions
  • enables mission planning and rehearsal using additional VBS3 tools provided within the DVS solution such as VBS chalkboard
  • DVS is already in use for vehicle and driver training, tactics, ISTAR, Joint Fires and many other use cases within the Land, Air and Maritime domains, as well as for research

How do I get it?

  • access is restricted to UK MOD and industry working on UK MOD contracts
  • DVS is delivered through BISim, along with training, support and professional services
  • users are required to already be competent VBS3 operators or otherwise undergo the online administrator training package
  • request access to training and the UK MOD DVS Support Portal - a justification email should to be sent to BISim using the enquiry form, which must include details of your MOD contract and/or use case
  • once you have been approved access to the portal, you can then complete the application process; after which you will be sent your licence and software download instructions
  • suitable hardware is required to run the software

Links and contacts

General enquiries should be made using the following enquiry form

DVS enquiries should be made using this enquiry form

DVS Support Portal

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there any charge for the supply and use of the DVS software?

No. The software is available for use by the MOD and by industry on MOD projects as part of an enterprise unlimited licence. The additional costs for training, hardware provision, management and any additional modules are, however, the responsibility of the user organisation.

I am already very experienced with VBS2 – do I have to do the training on VBS3?
Not necessarily. Much of the basic functionality of VBS3 is similar to VBS2, but there are important differences with regard to interoperability, additional features and some of the familiar things you would be used to are implemented differently.