RUAG wins important contract for the French army


Switzerland, France; 24/01/2017. RUAG Defence is strengthening its position as the global leader in simulation systems by providing equipment to the combat training centres of the French Army.

In December 2016, the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) awarded RUAG Defence France and its partner THALES with the contract for the CERBERE program. The aim of this contract is to upgrade the equipment used in France’s national combat training centres (Sissonne and Mailly le Camp) and to supply simulation equipment to French Army regiments.

CERBERE is a new-generation simulation system for training land forces under real operational conditions. The equipment provided by RUAG Defence France will allow combined units training in national centres to conduct exercises under extremely realistic conditions.

RUAG Defence, the world leader in comprehensive solutions for simulation systems and equip-ment, will apply its expertise to the CERBERE program – specifically, this means individual infantry can experience simulated weapons fire and its effect. In Sissonne, RUAG Defence France will in-stall equipment on each of the 300 buildings in the urban combat training village, involving 3 joint tactical sub-groups (SGTIA) comprising 1,000 personnel and 250 vehi-cles against an opposing force (OPFOR). Finally, the pyrotechnics, smoke machines and loud-speakers provided by RUAG Defence France as part of the contract will make training more realis-tic by adding visual and audio effects to simulate the stress of combat.

CERBERE comprises almost 3,000 participants and props (infantry, tanks, mines, buildings, etc.). For this program, RUAG Defence France will gear the system towards providing all the sub-systems and equipment necessary for large-scale exercises.

“CERBERE is a vital contract for RUAG Defence France. It solidifies our position as the world leader in simulation systems and opens up interesting avenues in this area. This is a major re-sponsibility, as our equipment will be used to improve the effectiveness of the training centres of the French Army. Furthermore, the project has also allowed us to establish a close partnership with THALES,” states Laurent Barraco, President of RUAG Defence France.

Focus on infantry combat simulator

The RUAG Defence combat simulator is renowned for its precision and world-leading performance. It comprises a harness with sensors worn by the soldier and a laser transmitter module attached to the weapon. It offers the following features:

  • High-precision small-arms fire simulation;
  • Vulnerability of different body parts;
  • Vitals of combatant
  • Incorporation of types of ammunition and protection equipment.



Jiri Paukert, Senior Public Relations Manager
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Arnaud de Péchy, Regional Sales Director Europe West/South
Tel. +41 79 719 51 31, [email protected]

RUAG develops and markets internationally sought-after technology applications in the fields of aerospace and defence for use on land, in the air and in space. 55% of RUAG’s products and services are destined for the civil market and 45% for the military market. The Group is headquartered in Berne, Switzerland. It has Page 2 / 2 RUAG Corporate Services Ltd | Media | Stauffacherstrasse 65 | 3000 Berne 22 | Switzerland | production sites in Switzerland, Ger-many, Austria, France, Sweden, Finland, Hungary, Australia and the USA. Around 8,200 employees – of whom 410 are trainees – generate sales of some CHF 1.75 billion.

RUAG Defence France is a French law company and subsidiary of the RUAG Group. As of 2017, the company has 75 employees based primarily in the industrial training location of Terssac in Tarn. The company has worked in close col-laboration with the Ministry of Defence for 35 years and has always focused on the design, installation and maintenance of combat simulators for the armed forces. It also provides booths to accurately simulate tank weapons systems in a 3D environment, as well as combat unit simulation systems to make training conditions more realistic.