Yahoo: Inside Ukraine’s ‘Duck Hunt’-style virtual shooting range


There are now tens of thousands of volunteers who need additional military training in order to maximize their military potential.

  • Volodymyr Dehtyarov, CEO of Newsfront Communications Agency, a Ukrainian PR company, and now, in convenient lock-and-key fashion, is assigned to the TDF’s Public Affairs Unit in Kyiv: “We’ve had over 100,000 recruits join up since the start of the war.”
  • The training platform has been outfitted with an infrared sensor at the end of the tube — basically, the same technology used in the 1980s Nintendo classic “Duck Hunt” video game — to simulate the flight path of a real missile, with the ballistics faithfully replicated by custom-written software.
  • Another added value of the virtual shooting range is its versatility. Soldiers can be instructed on how to aim and fire “everything,” as Dehtyarov puts it: AK-74 assault rifles, RPK light machine guns, Javelins, NLAWs and even larger, multicrew weapons such as the SPG-9 recoilless rifle.
  • The plan is to outfit each one of the 32 TDF brigades with one of these training centers. So far they’ve secured funding for around six of these virtual ranges.
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