Norwegian soldiers

Saab has received a contract to supply advanced training and simulation systems, and support to the Norwegian Combat Training Centre.

Awarded by the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO), the Skr141m ($16.8m) contract requires the company’s training and simulation business unit to continue the existing service contract and also upgrade the training facility.

The company has supplied the Norwegian Army with training equipment since 2003. The army will now reportedly become the first customer to receive Saab’s new generation, sight simulator unit for vehicles, ensuring a more realistic training experience.

Saab Norway marketing and sales head: "We are very happy to continue our long and close cooperation with the Norwegian Army.

"Together we will expand and improve the current training capabilities at the Norwegian Combat Training Centre."

NDLO Land Systems Division head brigadier Bjarne Nermo said: "This ensures access to advanced training for the Norwegian Army."

The Norwegian Combat Training Centre comprises a complete battalion-level training system for soldiers, vehicles, and anti-tank weapons, as well as a first-class exercise control system. Deliveries under the contract are scheduled to take place from 2016 to 2020.

The Swedish defence and security firm also won a Skr168m ($20m) contract to provide counter-rocket, artillery and mortar system support to the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

"We are very happy to continue our long and close cooperation with the Norwegian Army."

Featuring the establishment period and three years of support services thereafter, the contract supports Giraffe agile multi-beam (AMB) radar, Giraffe training simulator, and a lightweight-counter mortar radar.

A follow-on to the 2010 procurement of Saab’s Giraffe AMB and Giraffe training system mission systems to support Australian soldiers during Operation ‘Slipper’ in Afghanistan, the contract will be executed by Saab in Gothenburg, Sweden and SRCTec in Syracuse, US.

Saab Australia managing director Dean Rosenfield said: "The Giraffe AMB radar maintained an operational availability of 98.5% in Afghanistan and was the first layer of defence against insurgent rocket attacks for the Australian led coalition base at Tarin Kot."

The contract also includes options of up to five 12-month extensions, which could extend the ordering period up to July 2024.

Image: Norwegian Army has been receiving training equipment from Saab since 2003. Photo: Copyright Saab AB.