C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

Tactical engagement simulation technology proliferates as demand grows

06 December 2018

The Leidos FOX-V. Source: Giles Ebbutt

Numerous developments in tactical engagement simulation (TES) systems, and growing demand for TES solutions, were showcased at the 2018 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando in November.

Saab has added a new application to its 'WE:' family of smartphone and tablet applications to support live training. WE:Treat is a medical treatment simulator to train medical personnel treating 'injured' personnel during force-on-force training, developed in response to interest from the Saab TES system user community.

The application is multi-platform and can be hosted on Windows, Android, and IOS devices. It is based on a medical treatment database that lets the software determine the seriousness of a soldier's wound from the hit location, wound severity, and ammunition type. The device takes medical personnel through the triage and assessment process. The latter is based on a standard sequence; the app was demonstrated using the CABCDE sequence, but a Saab representative said it could be adapted.

The app links to the injured individual and receives the details of the injury. The medic then conducts the triage and assessment process using the app, which provides feedback on the casualty response at each stage of the sequence. The actions taken are passed to exercise control (EXCON) for use in after action review (AAR). This includes triage decisions and a medical summary of examinations and treatments performed by each medic and the time taken, including measurement of the "platinum 10 minutes" and the "golden hour".

The treatment provided is stored and incorporated into the responses given to the app as the casualty progresses back through the evacuation chain, and the app notes the speed of transport through that chain.

A Saab representative told Jane's that WE:Treat had been ordered by Austria and the Netherlands but it had not yet been delivered.

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