Saab Defense and Security USA has received a contract to produce and field an upgrade and expansion to its previously supplied live training equipment for the Bulgarian Armed Forces (BAF).
Awarded by the US Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI), the company’s training and simulation unit will deliver the new and upgraded equipment.
The contract covers integration of the deployable instrumented training system (DITS) hardware into the Bulgarian Armed Forces existing training systems.
SDAS Training and Simulation business unit vice-president and general manager Cyndi Turner said: "We are honoured to have been selected by the US Army Foreign Military Sales office and the Bulgarian Armed Forces for a delivery of this nature.
"This contract is important in that it increases the training capability of our Nato allies and helps garner strength and stability in Eastern Europe."
The company supplied DITS to Bulgaria as part of a $2.4m contract awarded by PEO STRI in May 2012, to support combined arms training for Bulgarian Army’s mechanised and infantry divisions.
Saab delivered a mechanised company-sized system comprising 95 infantry sets and ten Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty vehicles kits to the army.
DITS is a modular and mobile instrumentation system, designed to monitor exercise control, battle tracking, and provide battlefield data and rapid after-action reviews for live training sorties.
The system provides feedback for live-fire and force-on-force for dismounted troops, armoured and wheeled vehicles on the battlefield, and can also create the effects of operation in a nuclear, biological, or chemical environment.
The trainer has been in continuous service with the US Army Europe since 2001 and was deployed to Bulgaria for joint exercises in 2004, 2006 and 2008.
Image: The deployable instrumented training system trailer. Photo: Copyright Saab AB.