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Saab to provide training simulation upgrades for U.S. Army

By Ryan Maass
Saab to provide training simulation upgrades for U.S. Army
In addition to the infantry systems, Saab will also provide simulation equipment for several combat vehicles and tanks including the M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank. Photo by Saab Group.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Saab has received three new orders from the U.S. Army to provide upgraded training simulation equipment.

The orders included up-to-date versions of the U.S. 7th ATC's Deployable Instrumentation System - Europe and the Combat Vehicle Tactical Engagement Simulation System. The equipment will enable soldiers to configure training system lasers to operate in both U.S. and European training environments.

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"This capability provides the U.S. 7th ATC with the ability to train seamlessly with the European partners, using equipment that can be configured for MILES or OSAG 2.0.," Saab Defense and Security USA general manager Cyndi Krisan said in a press release.

The upgraded materials can operate in MILES Communication Code, which is normally used in U.S.-based training exercises and OSAG 2.0 standard, which is used by most forces in Europe. Saab officials say the versatility will help the United States work more closely with partner nations.

"This upgrade presents a unique opportunity for NATO forces and U.S. Training Partners within Europe to train together by combining interoperable national systems to create a fully instrumented training environment with any configuration, scale and at any given location," Saab Training and Simulation official Åsa Thegström added.

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In addition to the infantry systems, the company will also provide simulation equipment for several combat vehicles and tanks including the M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank and the Bradly Infantry Fighting Vehicle.

The Deployable Instrumentation System - Europe was originally delivered for battalion-sized training events, and is equipped with battle tracking, data collection and rapid after-action review capabilities.

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