Saab to manage German Army’s GÜZ combat training centre

4 December 2019 (Last Updated December 4th, 2019 10:26)

Saab has received an Skr870m ($91.01m) contract to support the German Army’s combat training centre Gefechtsübungszentrum Heer (GÜZ).

Saab to manage German Army’s GÜZ combat training centre
Saab will manage and maintain all live simulation training equipment and the exercise control centre. Credit: © Saab AB.

Saab has received an Skr870m ($91.01m) contract to support the German Army’s combat training centre Gefechtsübungszentrum Heer (GÜZ).

The contract covers operational support for the centre for the period between 2020 and 2026.

Under the contract, Saab will be responsible for the management and maintenance of the exercise control centre, all live simulation training equipment and communication infrastructure.

The company will also provide storage and handling of weapons and ammunition, and servicing of vehicles and radio equipment.

Other logistical services in the contract include transportation of military troops and the sustainment of the GÜZ training centre.

Saab Dynamics business area head Görgen Johansson said: “This order further strengthens our position in Germany and highlights the wide knowledge and expertise within Saab. It increases Saab’s overall footprint and reaffirms our commitment to Germany.”

The company has formed a partnership with military vehicle manufacturer Flensburger Fahrzeugbau to deliver the contracted work.

The firms previously worked together at GÜZ from 2004 to 2008.

Saab Dynamics Training & Simulation head Åsa Thegström said: “We are pleased to have been awarded the contract to support GÜZ. Within Saab we have years of experience delivering these type of services to major Nato and Partnership for Peace customers.

“We are looking forward for a great collaboration with the people behind the day-to-day operations at GÜZ, both Bundeswehr and our new colleagues.”

GÜZ is used for the training needs of the German Army. The combat training centre also regularly meets the training needs of Austria, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, and the US 7th Army.

The facility will also open its doors for the British Army from next year.

In August, Saab won a contract to provide a complete combat training centre to the Belgian Army.