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Saab reveals non line-of-sight laser to simulate indirect fires

Saab has showcased new capabilities to blend live and virtual environments to enhance live training, as well as announced new live training contracts, at the 2019 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando, Florida, in December.

Björn Linderö, Saab director of live training, told Jane’s that while laser-based direct fire in a tactical engagement simulation system (TESS) will accurately replicate true ballistics for larger weapon systems, lasers cannot simulate indirect non line-of-sight (NLOS) weapons. Saab’s new system to simulate NLOS anti-tank guided weapons (ATGWs) within instrumented TESS, based on the Spike long-range (LR) missile and the French MMR, claims to overcome this, while keeping an operator in the loop.

The system uses the virtual One World Terrain, developed by Vricon for the US Army’s Synthetic Training environment (STE), which is injected into an emulated weapon sight. The weapon is then integrated into the TESS via the communications system, so its position is known by the system. The locations of other live players are similarly injected into the sight picture. When the missile is 'fired' the operator can switch to the target seeker head view, enabling the virtual missile to be flown over the virtual terrain.

When the gunner locates the target – a live player displayed in the virtual environment – the missile can be locked on to it or flown in. On impact, the effect is transmitted through the instrumentation system to the target. Unlike some indirect fire simulations, exercise control cannot provide this effect because the gunner is in the loop, Linderö noted, adding that the same capability could be used to simulate a live video stream from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

Saab’s TESS Spike LR NLOS ATGW with a prototype emulated weapon sight into which is injected the virtual environment to enable the operator to steer the virtual missile. (Giles Ebbutt)
Saab’s 60 mm mortar TESS cut out training barrel showing the applique sensors and an instrumented training round (Giles Ebbutt)

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