Saab to deliver complete combat training centre for Belgian Army

20 August 2019 (Last Updated August 20th, 2019 10:25)

Swedish company Saab has received a contract worth around Skr160m ($16.53m) from the Belgian Ministry of Defence (MoD) to deliver training systems to the Belgian Army.

Saab to deliver complete combat training centre for Belgian Army
Deliveries under the training systems contract are expected to occur in 2021. Credit: © Saab AB.

Swedish company Saab has received a contract worth around Skr160m ($16.53m) from the Belgian Ministry of Defence (MoD) to deliver training systems to the Belgian Army.

Saab will provide a complete training centre with infantry and anti-tank simulators.

The facility will also have vehicle and communication systems that will allow users to control, monitor and collect training data for detailed analysis of training exercises.

Saab will start deliveries in 2021. The company stated that it expects to negotiate a support contract separately.

The contract will ensure interoperability with Nato and enable Belgium to take part in multinational exercises.

Saab Dynamics training and simulation head Åsa Thegström said: “This means Belgium will share the same standards as members in the interoperability user community (IUC). They can, therefore, take part in multinational exercises together with, among others, the Netherlands, Poland, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Finland, the UK and the US 7th Army.”

The company’s training and simulation business unit produces military training equipment such as laser simulator systems, instrumented training systems and target equipment.

Saab Europe France and Benelux country unit head Henrik Vassallo said: “The Belgian Army has used our training systems for the last four years and have clearly seen the benefits of realistic training.

“This order strengthens our position as one of the world’s leading suppliers of solutions for combat training.”

In March last year, Saab received an order to provide support and update of simulators to the Netherlands Army’s Mobile Combat Training Centre.

The company delivered the training centre in the early 2000s.