The Dutch Armed Forces has awarded a contract to Saab for the supply of live training systems and services.

The order also includes the supply of new equipment and functionality, which is valued at Skr727m ($84.3m). The support contract has an annual value of Skr66.9m ($7.75m).

Cumulative value of the order over the ten-year period stands at around Skr1.4bn ($162m).

Following the initial ten-year period, the contract can be extended by exercising an option of additional five-year support.

Saab Training and Simulation business unit head Åsa Thegström said: “This order will ensure that the Royal Netherlands Army and the Netherlands Marine Corps are equipped with innovative, flexible training solutions and the required training capability.

“This will enable them to train at the point-of-need and as close to reality as possible. At the same time, they will remain fully interoperable with Nato and other allied nations.”

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Furthermore, the order includes the delivery of an upgraded Mobile Combat Training Centre (MCTC) featuring improved functionality and new capabilities.

These capabilities include ‘Mortar and Forward Observer’ capability, introducing a mix of live and virtual training, also referred to as ‘blended training’.

According to Saab, blended training unveils a ‘new dimension’ in monitoring exercises, where operators can monitor the complete training area.

The support component consists of deployable, integrated logistics and operational support to the Netherlands.

Royal Netherlands Army chief commander lieutenant general M Wijnen said: “This is a long-term solution, which will enhance our training capability and secure the possibility to train our forces domestically, as well as with our international partners.

“Through this upgrade we will increase our realism and flexibility of our training and improve interoperability with our partners.”

The Netherlands placed the first order for MCTC in 2000.

Since then, the company has continuously delivered upgrades and other support services for the programme.