Saab has been awarded a two year contract extension to continue providing Collective Counter- Improvised Explosive Device Trainer (CCT) managed services to British Army troops in the UK and overseas.
The £11.1m contract modification follows the original £11m contract awarded to the company by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) in October 2010.
Under the new contract, the company will continue to train British troops by using its Agile Tactical Engagement System (ATES) C-IED, a fully instrumented tactical engagement system designed to meet the training needs of current and future improvised explosive device threats, while also countering insurgency.
The system supports the rapid adaptation of tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) and equipment necessary for units to remain ahead of potential adversaries.
ATES C-IED records action and motion of up to 90 soldiers and vehicles over a 3km radius, and rapidly integrates the information with weapon effects, video streaming and communications to provide thorough After Action Review (AAR) capabilities.
The system features an extensive library of IED data, enabling threats to be simulated as accurately as possible, so that individuals and groups can better react to and detect threats.
New IED types can be also be integrated into the library using a thorough testing and characterising process, enabling the solution to cope with evolving threats.
According to the company, the extension will ensure that UK military personnel continue to receive the best C-IED live training capabilities in both the UK and abroad.
Since November 2010, the company has supported C-IED training for all UK personnel deployed on operations in Afghanistan, prior to and on operations in remote environments with embedded personnel.
In addition, Saab has also provided instrumented live simulation for UK MoD training exercises in Kenya, Canada and the UK.