Augmented reality soon possible for MK-19 training

WASHINGTON — Setting up a range day for training on the MK-19 grenade launcher is no easy task.

Researchers at the Army Research Laboratory-Orlando have an idea about how to change that, however, through the use of augmented reality.

To train on the MK-19 with real grenades “range cadre have to be available,” said Dean Reed, a software developer and team lead at ARL. “And it requires a very long training range. You need that long distance.”

Not so at ARL Orlando. There, they demonstrated that one might need only 25 meters to get Soldiers the practice they need on the MK-19.

“We use augmented reality. We’re just firing out into the parking lot,” he said. “It takes us under 30 minutes to set up the system.”

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