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Saab wins tactical simulation training deal with Poland

Polish BMP IFVs move towards the river during a joint river crossing rehearsal as part of Exercise Allied Spirit, a joint US-Polish exercise at Drawsko Pomorskie training area in June 2020. A Rosomak IFV is in the background. About 6,000 US and Polish soldiers took part in the exercise. The TES being procured by Poland from Saab will instrument similar vehicles and others and will enhance the realism of joint exercises like these. (US Army)

Saab has been awarded a contract by the Polish Armed Forces for live tactical engagement simulation (TES) training systems, the company announced on 7 September. The contract, which is over a five-year period from 2021 that includes three years of support, is worth about SEK1 billion (USD116.1 million).

The supplied systems are a complete instrumented TES solution for a reinforced mechanised battalion at the Drawsko Pomorskie combat training centre (CTC) together with four company-sized systems for separate individual unit locations. The solution will use Saab's GAMER instrumentation and communications system and exercise control (EXCON) software.

A Saab representative told Janes that as well as outfits for dismounted personnel the equipment will include the latest generation of its BT46 laser projectors, detectors, and vehicle instrumentation systems, including the compact ballistic laser. The vehicles to be instrumented include the Leopard 2A5 and 2PL main battle tanks (MBTs), three Polish T72 MBT variants and Rosomak and BMP infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs).

The weapons that will be incorporated into the systems, in addition to small arms and vehicle-mounted weapons, include the Spike anti-tank guided weapon system and RPG7, although the former will only be in the direct fire role and not Saab's recently developed non-line-of-sight (NLOS) solution.

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