German manufacturer Rheinmetall has been awarded a contract for the supply of a command simulator to train Swiss Military commanders and staff officers.
Armasuisse, one of Switzerland’s four federal-level procurement agencies, evaluated the simulators and the contract was signed last month.
Swiss General Staff School training centre in Kriens, Canton Lucerne, will be home to the new command simulator, named Osiris.
Equipped with simulator-based technology, the centre has been training Swiss army officers at an operational and tactical level to hone their leadership and situation management skills.
Under the contract, the company will be responsible for implementation and complete system integration.
Osiris simulation system combines the command, control and intelligence (C2I) and peripheral systems.
As required by the Swiss procurement authorities, Osiris software is designed to ensure optimal automatisation. This reduces the number of operating personnel needed to run the system.
The company will also establish a ‘material excellence centre’ to maintain the system throughout its service life.
In a statement, Rheinmetall said: “Osiris makes inter-disciplinary models possible that enable the depiction of training for all three branches of the military at tactical and operational levels, whether on land, at sea and in the air, including related capabilities.”
Based on the country’s real-world requirements and operational planning, the simulator is designed to help create ‘realistic leadership scenarios’ such as disaster relief, national defence and peacekeeping missions.
With automated control possible from individuals to the brigade level, the command simulator can be used at various hierarchy levels of the military.