How Does 3D Animation Help the Military & Defence of Your Country?

How Does 3D Animation Help the Military & Defence of Your Country?
Written by Shikha Mehta

You know PubG is a shooting game made using 3D animation, right? Well, if you can play these games for fun, why can’t an artist design them for something far more serious?

I am talking about training a man to become a soldier. AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality) have made it easier to design training modules. They’re not merely for entertainment.

That’s just one use of 3D graphics and animation for national security. There’s so much more work they do which people like us aren’t aware of.

Various Applications of 3D Animation

Let’s focus on the technology before we move on to its application in any industry. When any object is made to move, it is animation. When an artist creates movement in a 3D object designed on the computer, he can do the following with it:

  • Create a Video: That’s the basic thing you know. You see it in cartoons, ads, and illustrative videos. They can entertain, educate or even do both. You even have walk-throughs that just show space or a single object.
  • Motion Capture: This is what you find in video games. You don’t make an entire video, it’s more like a gif that plays itself but only on your action.
  • Virtual Reality: These videos are different from the usual ones. You need special glasses to view them. It makes you feel that you’re in the space. You can even move around to take a look at the world you’re in.
  • Augmented Reality: If you have both Snapchat and Bitmoji, you know what I’m talking about. Even though it’s not really using 3D graphics, it does use a real space and 2D computer graphics.

What Kind of 3D Graphics and Animation Videos are Viewed by the Defence Sector?

When I say the “defense sector”, I include officers of all ranks in the navy, air force, and the ground-level soldiers. From the training stage to the higher most post, every soldier uses the technology in some way or the other.

Basic Level Education

In every field, some theory is necessary before moving on to the practical. Your teacher shows you 3D educational videos before taking you to the lab. Likewise, before you teach a man how to shoot, you must show him what a gun looks like.

Now, you can of course even bring a real gun to the classroom. However, what if you’re willing to show a nuclear bomb? You can’t actually blast one to show its consequences! That’s where a 3D video becomes useful.

Product Demos

Have I only been talking about training the military so far? Well, that isn’t all the defense does! Apart from training new recruits and fighting on the border, there’s one more task they have: purchasing.

Purchase what? Uniforms? No! I’m talking about the equipment that needs the attention of a senior member before using it. It could be a fighter aircraft, a submarine for the navy, a drone for military surveillance or a new type of rifle. A product demo is important before they choose to invest in it.

There are so many retailers who use 3D graphics to give a product demo. While these simply boost sales, a demo to the military simply makes sales.

Use of CGI Animation by the Military

Have you ever been to a military training zone? If yes, you know how hard their training is. However, fighting at the border doesn’t only require physical strength. You need brains too.

Imagine if you had to wait for commands for every bullet you had to shoot at war. You would get one before shooting!

This is where you have other applications of animation coming in. Let’s check it out.

Serious Military Games

I’m not talking about the kind of 3D video games you play on your phone! These games are specially designed for trainees to put them in a situation they might face in the future. Guard Force, Spearhead II and Tactical Combat Casualty Care are some examples.

Like I said above, a soldier needs both muscles and brains when he’s at war. The games they play have virtual reality, where they feel being on the battlefield. That’s how they primarily learn about various situations in the future.

Primary Level Training to Use Equipment

Have you played video games at the mall where you sit on this bike and ride it on screen? Well, now let’s go to a level for grown-ups.

Suppose, you need to teach a trainee how to fly a military aircraft. Of course, he needs to ride the real one. However, before that, if you give him some virtual experience, both of you benefit. Only, the VR you integrate has to be up to the mark.

Your benefit is that you can see his capabilities to quite an extent. In the case of the trainee, he too understands and prepares himself for a reality better.

Designing Machinery & Vehicles for National Security

Well, you don’t exactly design anything when you’re in the military. However, you have tie-ups with agencies or engineers who do it for you. These engineers use 3D modeling and animation before they make the real prototype today.

If you’re a senior-level officer, you’re well-versed with the technology you have. Based on that, you have the experience to modify the designs and ask for better features. It could be a military robot, a tank, a carrier or a bomb.

So, you don’t really design what you need, but you tell the agency what they need to design for you. before actually making one, they can show a product demo that helps you make a decision too.

Overall Growth of the Military & Defence Due to 3D Animation Software

To sum it up, 3D animation has helped national security to advance in 2 ways:

  1. Enhance the method of educating students and recruits.
  2. Bring an in the advanced level of equipment and weapons.

Even to the general public, you can demonstrate what certain things used by the military can do. If you watch the movie “The Ghazi Attack”, you’ll not only watch a story but also how the navy fights underwater.

When we can enjoy entertainment and shop through animation, why can’t the same technology be used for our security?

About the author

Shikha Mehta

I discovered my talent in writing while I was in high school. Since then, I discovered the joy of sharing your knowledge with people around you. This is the reason why I love making my contributions to Insights of Technology. Being a certified content writer, I have been writing on several topics, science & technology being one of my favorites.

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