At IT²EC, Saab highlighted its recent export contract successes for comprehensive training systems and centres.
Saab has signed a contract for the delivery of several live training systems and services to the Polish Armed Forces. The order comprises the supply of a complete live training solution for a reinforced mechanised battalion and four training centres for company size units. The contract period is 2021 to 2026 including support over three years.
Another major programme awarded in 2022 was a contract modification from the US Marine Corps (USMC) within the Force-on-Force Training Systems-Next programme. The FoFTS-Next programme will include USMC Training Instrumentation Systems (MCTIS) equipment for up to 10 battalion training sets, and the establishment of support operations at various Marine Corps Installations. The system is planned to be fielded between 2023 and 2026 at USMC bases in California, Guam, Hawaii, Japan, North Carolina, and Virginia.
Saab is contracted by the Republic of Kenya’s Ministry of Defence MoD to undertake training at the Kenyan Army’s Combat Training Centre (CTC) School of Infantry in Isiolo. The contract includes a complete, new generation solution for live training including soldier systems with personnel detection devices, vehicle training systems, hand grenades and training applications for a variety of weapons. The contract also includes the latest generation Exercise Control System (EXCON) and communication system, in addition to training courses for users and maintenance personnel. Kenya is however not a totally new user of Saab training and simulation equipment, even if this is the first direct contract with this customer. The Kenyan Army has used Saab equipment provided by the British Army during joint training as part of the UK’s Tactical Engagement Simulation in Kenya (TESIK) exercises.
Although Saab no longer supports the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK), in January 2023 the UK MOD extended the Saab training support contract for the Direct Fire Weapon Effects Simulator (DFWES) capability, that delivers Tactical Engagement Simulation (TES) solutions to the British Army and Royal Marines.
The Dynamics division of Saab offers support weapons, missiles, torpedoes, sensors, camouflage and deception systems, training and simulation systems, unmanned underwater vehicles as well as tactical products and support solutions for the commercial and defence markets.
by David Oliver