UK MoD awards DTES managed service contract to Saab

22 June 2014 (Last Updated June 22nd, 2014 18:30)

Saab has been awarded a contract to provide managed training services for the UK Army's overseas training exercises.

Saab has been awarded a contract to provide managed training services for the UK Army's overseas training exercises.

Awarded by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), the SEK200m ($30m) contract will see the company use its deployable tactical engagement simulator (DTES) system to provide DTES managed services for three years.

"Saab sees this new contract as recognition of the strong working relationship we have developed with the British Army."

Saab Training and Simulations managing director Henrik Hojer said: "Since 2009, our technical and exercise training support staff have effectively been an embedded resource within the British Army and have supported up to seven exercises per year.

"Saab sees this new contract as recognition of the strong working relationship we have developed with the British Army."

The DTES system provides infrastructure, instrumentation and resources for realistic, live, force-on-force training, tracking and the monitoring of movements and combat performance of individuals, vehicles and equipment for after-action review (AAR).

Comprising a satellite-tracked vest, a halo that straps onto the helmet and a small-arms transmitter (SAT), the system brings enhanced realism to training by simulating each and every battlefield aspect, allowing troops to hone fighting skills and tactical awareness.

Specifically, DTES enables soldiers to target a mock enemy, while a real-time, three-dimensional replay of the continuing battle is transferred to a command post through five radio masts.

The data is subsequently combined into a batch of analytical tools and tables, which allow commanders to better analyse the battlefield situation.

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