Thales signed a contract with the Finnish Defence Forces at the end of June to upgrade the nation’s LEOPARD 2A6FIN main battle tank (MBT) simulators.

The contract marks the company’s first training and simulation engagement for Finnish ground forces. With the upgraded systems, the Finnish Army will have a state-of-the-art training solution incorporating the latest virtual and multilevel simulation technologies, to provide both technical instruction for crewmembers and tactical training at platoon level. The instructor station is designed to supervise up to four exercises at the same time, with up to four vehicles taking part in each exercise. The simulation includes a high-fidelity turret with gunner and commander stations, a co-located driver position and a simulated ammunition loader function.

This contract is a success for Thales’s new AFV CORE range of armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) simulation solutions. AFV CORE simulators feature an open, high-reliability, scalable architecture and synthetic environment compliant with the latest international standards.

Thales has solid expertise in simulation for land forces, having provided simulators for France’s armoured cavalry and infantry fighting vehicles (LECLERC MBT, VBCI, etc.), the British Army’s SCOUT armoured reconnaissance vehicle and the Royal Netherlands Army's largest military training platform (TACTIS).

Finland’s LEOPARD 2 MBT fleet will benefit from enhancement of the simulators by Thales. (Photo: Bundeswehr)

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