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Sweden continues counter-IED training

March 19, 2012 at 9:29 AM

LINKOPING, Sweden, March 29 (UPI) -- Training in detecting and countering improvised explosive devices will be provided to British forces by Saab of Sweden under a 2-year contract extension.

The extension of the Collective Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Trainer managed service is worth nearly $17.6 million.

"It is extremely rewarding to be able to provide training that helps saving lives of men and woman working in a very complex environment," said Henrik Hojer, managing director of Saab Training and Simulation.

"We are also glad to see that more countries are interested in following the example of the U.K. (Ministry of Defense) to provide the best tools possible for the soldiers to perform a dangerous job in the safest possible way."

Saab has supported C-IED training for all British personnel deploying to Afghanistan since 2010 and also has provided instrumented live simulation for British training exercises in Kenya and Canada.

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