Saab has received an order, valued at SEK108 million (€10.2 million) from the Czech Republic Ministry of Defence (MoD) to expand the nation’s instrumented GAMER laser-based training capability. Deliveries will commence at the end of 2019 and continue through 2020, the company announced on 26 February.

With the new upgraded Tactical Training System (TSS), the Czech Army and military police will receive significant additional capability and functionality for their “Company Plus” scale training exercises. The order includes upgrades of the existing system, new key functions within soldier-equipped training systems, vehicle-based systems with ballistic and ‘real time of flight’ simulation, and urban terrain training solutions.

Saab’s high-fidelity system will enable the Czech Army to increase its operational capabilities and to join the family of nations with interoperable training systems, which includes interoperability between all battle functions,” commented head of Saab’s Training and Simulation business unit, Åsa Thegström.

The Czech Army acquired its first GAMER system in 2011 for the PANDUR infantry fighting vehicle, upgrading the system in 2016 for laser code interoperability (U-LEIS). “Saab and the Czech armed forces have a long-lasting commercial relationship. This order represents an important extension of the system acquired by the Czech Army in 2011 and demonstrates high trust, satisfaction and confidence by the customer towards the tactical training system provided by Saab,” added head of Saab’s Country Unit Central and Eastern Europe, Krasimira Stoyanova.

Saab’s laser simulators are used by the armed forces of Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. The system has become the NATO standard gunnery and combat simulator for armoured vehicles and anti-tank weapons, according to the company.

Saab’s GAMER systems will be expanded in Czech service to meet the army’s evolving training requirements. (Photo: Saab)

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