Finnish Defence Forces secures Small Arms Indoor Training Simulators

15 February 2019 (Last Updated February 15th, 2019 12:12)

The Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command was authorised by the Ministry of Defence to acquire Small Arms Indoor Training Simulators (SAITS) from Saab AB.

The Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command was authorised by the Ministry of Defence to acquire Small Arms Indoor Training Simulators (SAITS) from Saab AB.

Under the contract, Saab will have to provide equipment, software licences and maintenance for three years.

The defence forces are intending to offer firearm training for conscripts and reservists through SAITS in 2019. It is aiming for a new learning environment in full training use by 2021.

This learning environment consists of computers, a classroom with a video projector and weapon replicas.

Troops can be trained in virtual scenarios through an effective, safe and environmentally friendly way.

Procurement of SAITS by the defence forces for approximately €9m is part of the Training 2020 Programme.

“Saab has a solid relationship with the Norwegian Armed Forces stretching back to the 1960s, and during the years, targetry equipment has been supplied to multiple firing ranges.”

This programme will impact the way both conscripts and reservists are trained.

The contract also includes options for further procurements.

Meanwhile, Saab has signed a four-year framework agreement for a live fire training system for the Norwegian Armed Forces.

This agreement covers all branches of the Norwegian defence. The agreement was signed in January with Norway’s procurement organisation, the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (FMA). Deliveries will commence in October 2019.

Under the contract, Saab will provide targetry equipment such as fixed and portable target lifters, moving infantry and armoured vehicle targets, control systems, and  Location of Miss and Hit (LOMAH) sensors.

Furthermore, the system can be easily configured according to each user’s requirements.

Training is also included for users and personnel from the customer’s technical workshops.

Saab Dynamics training and simulation head Åsa Thegström said: “Saab has a solid relationship with the Norwegian Armed Forces stretching back to the 1960s, and during the years, targetry equipment has been supplied to multiple firing ranges.

“This new contract covers training sites across Norway, from the south all the way to the Barents Sea. Norway is receiving a cost-effective, flexible, and user-friendly training system.”