IDEX 2017

Simulating the stress of combat [IDEX17D3]

21 February 2017

RUAG Defence (Stand 08-B20) has strengthened its position as a global leader in simulation systems by recently winning a contract to provide equipment to the combat training centres of the French Army.

In December 2016, the French Direction Generale de l’Armement (DGA) awarded RUAG Defence France, teamed with Thales, a major contract for the Cerbere training programme. “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,” said the company’s president Laurent Barraco.

Under the terms of the contract, the equipment used in the French Army’s national training centres situated in Sissonne and Mailly le Camp will be upgraded, and additional simulation equipment will be supplied to French Army regiments.

According to RUAG Defence, Cerbere is a new-generation simulation system for training land forces under real operational conditions.

The equipment to be provided by RUAG Defence will allow combined units training in national centres under very realistic conditions.

In Sissonne, RUAG Defence France will install equipment on each of the 300 buildings in the urban training village for 96 hours of exercises.

These exercises will involve three joint tactical sub-groups comprising 1,000 personnel and 250 vehicles against an opposing force. In addition, the pyrotechnics, smoke machines and loudspeakers provided as part of the contract will make training more realistic by adding visual and audio effects to simulate the stress of combat.

RUAG Defence is also focusing on its infantry combat simulator.

This comprises a harness with sensors worn by the soldier and a laser transmitter module attached to the weapon. According to the company, this offers a number of advantages including high-precision small arms fire simulation, information on the vulnerability of different parts of the body, and incorporation of ammunition and protection equipment.

In addition to promoting its expertise in training systems, RUAG Defence is active in many other areas. This includes providing a variety of protection solutions for tracked and wheeled armoured fighting vehicles and tactical support vehicles. It has also developed the latest generation Cobra 120mm mortar system coupled to a computerised fire control system, which is currently being evaluated by the Swiss Army integrated into a General Dynamics European Land Systems – MOWAG Piranha 3+ (8x8) armoured personnel carrier.

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