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The Virtual Battlespace Developer Network (VBSDN) Single License one-year subscription is typically available to commercial developers and integrators. Military and government customers can acquire VBS3 through purchase of a VBS3 Seat License. VBS3 licenses are available for qualifying academic institutions through our Academic Program.  

VBSDN includes the following:
  • A one-year, single-seat license of VBS3
  • One year of software assurance for the latest full releases
  • Access to pre-release candidates of VBS3
  • One year of customer support
  • One year of access to our forums
  • Ability to create and sell plug-ins and add-ons to your customers
  • Possibility for product inclusion within our third-party product marketplace


The VBS Developer Network gives commercial entities the ability to capitalize on the most widely used simulation software in military training. Customers have the flexibility to work with both the VBS3 and VBS2 product lines, depending on the needs of their customers. 

VBS3 is a comprehensive open platform software solution that will significantly enhance your training, simulation and development capabilities. VBS3 is a high-fidelity virtual sandbox, complete with an advanced suite of development tools and a highly configurable simulation environment. VBS3 simulates all aspects of the modern battlespace including human entities, surface vehicles, maritime vessels, rotary and fixed wing aircraft, and subsurface vehicles.

VBS3 is a complete package combining the robust and flexible VBS virtual environment with scenario editors, a development suite (for terrain and 3D model import) and an integrated HLA/DIS gateway.

VBS3 is comprised of the following components

  • VBS3 runtime environment
  • VBS3 content library
  • VBS3 developer suite
  • VBS3 scenario editors
  • VBS Gateway for DIS/HLA/CIGI interoperability
  • VBS Radio (voice communication system)

Recent Enhancements

  • Larger terrain areas
  • Multicast system
  • Procedural terrain generation
  • Multi-core support
  • Improved AI path planning
  • Underwater simulation
  • Parachute simulation
  • Improved rendering engine

Features in Detail

VBS3 runtime environment features

  • Operation from the first-person perspective
  • High-fidelity physics
  • Immersive, life-like virtual environment
  • Detailed improvised explosive device (IED) simulation
  • Advanced infrared simulation
  • Airborne and ground-based unmanned vehicles
  • Interactive command and control (C2) interface
  • Optimized for large networked scenarios (100+ participants)

Comprehensive content library including

  • A wide range of high-fidelity land, sea and air vehicles
  • High-fidelity and life-like destruction of physical models
  • Full spectrum of weapons and weapon platforms
  • Advanced thermal modeling
  • Ability to interact with content library during training

After-action review features

  • Accurate replay in 2D and 3D
  • Easily adjustable timeline
  • Readily measure training effectiveness

Two powerful built-in scenario editors

  • Offline mission editor (OME) to prepare training scenario
  • Real-time editor (RTE) to influence scenario during training

Integration options

  • VBS3 Gateway (included in VBS3 v3.7)
  • Application Scripting Interface (ASI) for writing VBS plug-ins (included in VBS3)
  • VBS Fusion for advanced modification and integration (a separate purchase)

VBS3's Developer Suite for importing terrain and 3D models

  • Terrain generator, Visitor 4, imports DTED, imagery and shape files
  • Oxygen 2 is a powerful 3D model generation and import tool

Multi-channel functionality

  • For displaying VBS3 on immersive wide-screen and dome displays and 360-degree projection systems
  • Optional extra: add VBS IG licenses to view different aspects of your VBS scenario, including the ability to project a 360-degree view

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