The Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command has signed a contract with Saab’s training and simulation business unit for the procurement of virtual training simulators.

The contract is valued at approximately €9m and the acquisition of virtual simulators is part of the Finnish Armed Forces’ Training 2020 programme.

Under the contract, the company will supply equipment that includes simulations of weapons used by the Finnish military, as well as software that designs a virtual environment and provides a base for post-training analysis.

Saab dynamics training and simulation head Åsa Thegström said: “This order marks a big breakthrough for our newly developed ground combat indoor trainer (GC IDT). Finland will get a virtual training system that provides both width and depth, from basic training to advanced scenarios.”

“Training 2020 programme is being implemented to provide soldiers with skilled training in a safe and environmentally friendly area.”

In addition, the company is required to offer system maintenance support. Deliveries under the contract will be carried out this year.

Saab Finland country unit manager Anders Gardberg said: “With this order Saab Finland expands our already extensive simulator operations with Finnish Defence Forces.

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“Saab has since 2006 been the provider of the live simulation system KASI to the Finnish Defence Forces. This order marks a continued trust on Saab’s military training and simulation solutions.”

Training 2020 programme is being implemented to provide soldiers with skilled training in a safe and environmentally friendly area.

The high-impact cost-effective training will prepare soldiers for potential challenges faced in future security environments. Training will benefit both the defence system and the individual.