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I/ITSEC 2021: RUAG reveals new version of Gladiator

The new G13 version of RUAG's Gladiator live training system was shown at I/ITSEC 2021. (Giles Ebbutt)

RUAG Simulation & Training has developed a new version of its Gladiator live tactical engagement simulation system (TESS), which it showcased at the Interservice/Industry Training Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) 2021, held in Orlando, Florida, on 29 November–3 December.

Jan Uebersax, RUAG's senior manager, strategy and products, told Janes that the new design, G13, resulted from the increased adoption of ballistic plate carriers and tactical vests, which meant that earlier versions of the Gladiator harness would no longer fit over the top of a soldier's equipment. He added that extensive research by RUAG had shown that most customers wanted a single version of a system, with the modularity either to be used for simple force-on-force training or in a fully instrumented environment.

G13 is much smaller and lighter than its predecessors, but Uebersax said it was still strong enough to bear the weight of a man, so it could be used to lift a ‘wounded' soldier. The electronics have been upgraded, particularly the battery, which now provides 120 hours of life. Respirator, body armour, and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) protective suits can be instrumented so the system is aware of how the wearer is protected and adjust vulnerability accordingly. Uebersax said that the system can operate with all the laser codes in use, including the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES), COSIM, and Urban Combat Advanced Training Technology (UCATT) Laser Engagement Interface Standard (ULEIS).

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