Virtual Battlespace: JCOVE Light
For the UK Ministry of Defence BIA has developed JCOVE Light, which is available for free from UK-MOD recruitment offices, or via download from different Internet sources.
JCOVE Light is a stripped-down version of the full version of VBS2, which is used by the MOD in their JCOVE (Joint Combat Operations Virtual Environment) training environment .
The main differences to the full version of VBS2 are the lack of the new offline and real-time mission editor (only the old-style 2D editor is available, which lacks much functionality of the new editor); limited content (units/vehicles/objects/terrains); no After-Action Review (AAR); limited MP player count; no HLA/DIS gateway (ability to connect to other simulators); no ASI (ability to interface with VBS2 using C++); and no expansion/modding capability beyond the creation of user missions.
JCOVE Light comes with a several SP & MP missions (with some training missions closely modeled after real-life qualification requirements), and the following content:
- 20+ planes, helicopters & UAVs
- 100+ tanks & static weapons
- 120+ cars & trucks
- 200+ units (GB forces & civilians)
- 800+ buildings & objects
- two maps, based on real-life locations:
An unofficial information site (with download links) can be found here: http://www.jcove-lite.co.uk/