Saab announced new contracts and technology developments for its live Tactical Engagement Simulation (TES) systems at the 2016 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) exhibition in Orlando in December.
Hans Lindgren, head of marketing and sales for Saab Training and Simulation, said that an increasingly important element of live ground training was the interoperability of TES systems and the ability of troops from different countries to train together.
Lindgren noted that the Optische Schnittstelle für Agdus und Gefübz (OSAG) 2.0 optical code for laser training, which has been developed by Saab, has now been approved by the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organisation (SISO) as the standard for the Urban Combat Advanced Training Technology (UCATT) laser engagement interface and is in use. There is an increasing number of multinational exercises that will take advantage of the standardisation.
Saab announced a number of contracts immediately before or at I/ITSEC 2016. The US Army awarded three contracts, value unspecified, for OSAG 2.0 interoperability upgrades for the US 7th Army Training Command's Deployable Instrumentation System - Europe (DISE) infantry system and the Combat Vehicle Tactical Engagement Simulation System (CVTESS) for armoured vehicles to improve interoperability.
The contracts will be implemented as mid-life upgrades and will enable users to configure TES lasers to operate using either MILES Communication Code (MCC), primarily used in US training environments or the OSAG 2.0 standard, which is used by most countries in Europe. The DISE is based in Grafenwoehr in Germany but will be deployed throughout Europe to support the US Training Support Activity Europe (TSAE).
In a contract worth SEK95 million (USD10.35 million) the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) will upgrade all its laser transmitters to the OSAG 2.0 standard. The contract also includes the purchase of new two-way BT46 transmitters for larger vehicle ordnance and an upgrade of the communications system for instrumented training, the Distribution Acquisition Network (DAN).
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