Rheinmetall has begun supplying new simulation technology for the German Army’s combat training centre.

The order includes the delivery of 440 new-look training device, dual simulator (AGDUS) passive vehicle systems.

The contract was approved by the Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) earlier this year.

Under the multi-million-Euro contract, the delivery of the AGDUS passive systems is scheduled for completion by December 2023.

The laser-supported AGDUS allows highly realistic combat situations to be created by simulating the effects of weapons firing.

It features sensors, central electronics, and a display and control unit.

The AGDUS systems create realistic combat training situations via the ‘precise determination’ of the simulated target’s location and a ‘detailed damage simulation’, which is based on vehicle-specific damage models, Rheinmetall stated.

Data related to the laser-based engagement is relayed in near-real-time to the control cell of the device.

So far, the German Army has been using a cable-based AGDUS passive system. The new units are connected ‘wirelessly’ to the central electronics.

The new equipment also contains a roof sensor that allows the detection of hits fired from rooftops.

Rheinmetall claimed that the upgraded AGDUS passive features, advanced sensors, and detectors can be used in harsh weather conditions such as fog or at extended engagement ranges.

In February last year, Rheinmetall announced the supply of laser duel simulators for the German Bundeswehr’s Puma infantry fighting vehicles.