The Finnish Defence Forces signed a $16.2m (Skr152m) contract with Saab for combat training simulators.

The contract involves upgrading the Finnish military training facility in Pori brigade and modernising its equipment. The scope of work will also include upgrading other individual simulators within eight separate troop units.

Saab booked the order in the first quarter of 2022.

Once complete, the upgrade will enable the Finnish Defence Forces to use the simulators for training until 2032.

Defence Command of Finnish Defence Forces Training Division (J7) assistant chief of staff Colonel Kari Pietiläinen said: “This contract provides the Finnish Defence Forces with a further enhanced live training capability, which will enable us to improve the capabilities of the Defence Forces, both within the national border, as well as in multinational collaborations with partners.”

Saab Training and Simulation head Åsa Thegström said: “Our innovative and flexible training solutions will secure Finland’s training capability for the next decade, allowing them to train with the highest degree of realism.”

Headquartered in Sweden, Saab is an aerospace and defence company specialising in delivering advanced systems in aeronautics, weapons, command and control, sensors, and underwater systems.

The company’s training portfolio includes live training solutions, live fire training, virtual training, and training services.

Last month, Denmark signed a 15-year framework agreement with Saab for live training solutions. The agreement will allow the Danish forces to place orders and procure the necessary equipment for live training solutions.