Posted on Aug. 1, 2016 by VirTra Inc

AUSA Sustaining Member Profile – VirTra Systems, Inc.

Corporate Structure—Chairman and Chief Executive Officer: Bob Ferris. Headquarters: 7970 South Kyrene Road, Tempe, AZ 85284. Phone: (480) 968-1488. Website:

VirTra began in 1993 as one of the first virtual reality companies in the world. Today, the company is a global leading provider of the world’s most realistic and effective judgmental use of force simulators. VirTra has set the standard for exceptional firearms training simulators and offers a variety of simulator platforms, powerful gas-powered recoil kits and the patented Threat-Fire™ simulated hostile return fire system. Additionally, the company provides products and training content to military, law enforcement, post-secondary education and security agencies worldwide. VirTra is led by Bob Ferris, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, from its offices in Tempe, Arizona. Ferris attended the U.S. Air Force Academy and received a degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Arizona with a minor in Software. Both demanding experiences inspired him to create a new generation of more realistic and effective simulators for use of force training.

A career path in the military can be rewarding but dangerous. Each member plays a vital role in the military’s defense team and takes on great responsibility to defend the country. Furthermore, military members are expected to make the correct decision, with excellent marksmanship, in split-second life-and-death situations. The better and more realistic the training, the greater the chance the cadet will succeed when lives hang in the balance and threats are real. Internationally, customers rely on VirTra’s simulators for real-world preparation so that trainees have a better chance to succeed in their missions and survive lethal encounters.

A critical component of quality simulator training is the ‘realism’ it provides. Real-world performance is often directly related to the realism and intensity of training. Simply stated, the more realistic the training exercise, the more skills are transferable to a real-world situation. Thus, realism is critically important to any close combat tactical trainer. One of VirTra’s primary missions is to make simulated training as realistic as humanly possible. VirTra goes to great lengths to recreate the real-world in the simulator: from incredibly realistic 3D audio and special effects to realistic recoil training firearms and shoot back capabilities—just to name a few. VirTra’s attention to detail and higher standard for realism in military engagement skills simulation training leads to improved real-world skills for the trainees.

Whether it’s a portable single-screen simulator or the world’s most advanced combat training simulator (the V-300™ MIL), the company supports military engagement skills with a full line of firearms training and combat simulators. Military training has never been more realistic than with VirTra’s latest small arms trainer. Inside a 300-degree, wrap-around simulator, teams can train for the most difficult real-world situations, ambushes, and maintaining situational awareness during extreme stress.

The next real-world engagement will most certainly occur in a 360-degree environment.  When training on a single-screen simulator, the trainee is only utilizing 60 degrees field of view, and never has to turn to face a potential threat.  A single-screen simulator further reinforces tunnel vision, “training with blinders on”.  It is difficult to maintain situational awareness throughout a real world engagement, but it is critical for survival.  This type of training can be implemented on a multi-screen video simulator such as the V-180™ MIL or V-300™ MIL simulator.

The V-300™ MIL is the world’s highest standard for both individual and collective military virtual force options training simulators. Five screens and a 300-degree immersive training platform ensures that time in the simulator translates into real-world survival skills. Firearms training mode supports up to 15 individual firing lanes at one time with special installation requirement and fully configurable force options firearms training course ware. The optional training platform and audio system provides over 2,000 watts of audio, and transducers means simulated explosions feel real and adrenaline is felt during training. The optional Threat-Fire™ device safely simulates enemy return fire with an electric impulse (or vibration version), reinforcing performance under pressure. Superior simulation training results in better trained forces and a better chance of mission success with higher survival rates.


V-300™ MIL in action! 5 Screens of immersive, realistic combat training.

The V-300™ MIL is sold to various military commands throughout the world and can support any local language. The system can be front-projected to reduce the floor space, deployed worldwide and fits into a standard room with standard ceiling height. VirTra uses COTS (commercial-off-the-shelf) components, so no special power or HVAC is required.

VirTra’s mission is to develop, manufacture, sell, and support the finest simulators, accessories, and training scenarios in the world. Additionally, the company aims to meet the unique needs of the industry by always seeking innovative and better solutions to add value to customers. The company’s commitment to its customers has encouraged the finest military and law enforcement agencies in the United States—in addition to a growing list of prominent international customers—to hand-select VirTra’s simulators after trying out all other options.

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