Saab contracted to deliver BT46 training systems to Estonian Army


The Estonian Armed Forces has placed an order with Saab to deliver BT46 training systems for the CV9035 infantry fighting vehicle, in a bid to increase its training capacity.

Under the contract, the company will also deliver its Carl-Gustaf weapon system, several infantry simulators, and the new Manpack 300 for monitoring exercises.

The simulators will be used by the Estonian Army’s mechanised brigade at the regiments and the infantry school.

Deliveries under the order, which also includes a five-year support contract, will be made in 2018.   

The first laser simulators were ordered by the Estonian Armed Forces in 2008 for gunnery and combat training.

Saab business area Dynamics Training & Simulation head Åsa Thegström said: “They have used our training systems for quite some time and are very capable of seeing the benefits of realistic training.”

Saab market area Europe country unit Poland & Baltics head Jyrki Kujansuu added: “With the support of the training system, the Estonian Armed Forces will be able to conduct both basic gunnery training from the CV9035 armoured combat vehicle and unit training up to the mechanised company level, cost-effectively and realistically.

"The Estonian Armed Forces will be able to conduct both basic gunnery training from the CV9035 armoured combat vehicle and unit training up to the mechanised company level."

“This will dramatically strengthen their units’ capacity in the field.”

The proven and modern simulator system, BT46, is used for gunnery training with a range of weapons and for realistic, tactical combat exercises.

More than 20 countries have deployed the system as support for combat exercises with vehicles and associated weapons systems.

The company has also delivered over 7,000 vehicle simulators to more than 100 applications worldwide.


Image: The BT46 training systems are designed for training both combat vehicle crews and mechanised units. Photo: courtesy of Saab.