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German Panzergrenadierbrigade 37 prepares for digitalisation

23 January 2020
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The German Army's Panzergrenadierbrigade (Armoured Infantry Brigade) 37 is training on off-the-shelf software to prepare for its digitalisation so it can lead the NATO Response Force Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) in 2023, the Bundeswehr reported on its website on 16 January.

Members of Panzergrenadierbrigade 37 training on Systematic's SitaWare software to prepare for their formation's digitalisation. (Bundeswehr/André Klimke)Members of Panzergrenadierbrigade 37 training on Systematic's SitaWare software to prepare for their formation's digitalisation. (Bundeswehr/André Klimke)

The brigade will be the Germany Army's first major formation to be equipped with a new digital command and information system. Its members are training on a new battle management system (BMS) with Systematic's SitaWare software, on which the BMS will be based, while using their existing SEM radios.

Panzergrenadierbrigade 37 commander Brigadier General Gunnar Brügner said, "The rapid and early introduction of the battle management system and its installation in our vehicles are the greatest challenges for my brigade in 2020. This training is a cornerstone for the retrofit to begin soon and for us to adapt our management process with 2023 in mind."

"This system is urgently required," he added. "It is a major step forward."

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