Saab has signed a contract to support the German Army with the operation of its Combat Training Centre Gefechtsübungszentrum Heer (GÜZ). The order value is 870 MSEK (€81 million) and the support contract stretches from 2020-2026.

The scope of work consists of management and maintenance of all live simulation training equipment, communication infrastructure and the exercise control centre. Saab will provide additional logistical services, such as the servicing of vehicles and radio equipment, storage and handling of weapons and ammunition, transport of military personnel and the overall sustainment of GÜZ. To deliver this programme, Saab has partnered with Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft mbH (FFG), a proven partnership from previous cooperation at GÜZ from 2004-2008.

This order further strengthens our position in Germany and highlights the wide knowledge and expertise within Saab. It increases Saab’s overall footprint and reaffirms our commitment to Germany”, commented Görgen Johansson, head of Saab’s business area Dynamics.

Beyond ensuring the training of the German Army, GÜZ is regularly used by other Saab customers including the Netherlands, Austria, Czech Republic, US 7th Army, and from 2020 the British Army.

Within Saab we have years of experience delivering these type of services to major NATO and Partnership for Peace customers. We are looking forward for a great collaboration with the people behind the day-to-day operations at GÜZ, both Bundeswehr and our new colleagues,” observes Åsa Thegström, head of business unit Training & Simulation, which develops, manufactures and markets advanced military training equipment, such as laser simulator systems, instrumented training systems and targetry equipment. It also provides service and maintenance for delivered systems.

The German Army’s GüZ training centre will continue to benefit from Saab management until 2026. (Photo: German MoD)

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