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Saab Receives Order From New Zealand For Tactical Engagement Simulation System

Defence and security company Saab has received the first order, under a five-year agreement recently signed with the New Zealand Army, to deliver a high fidelity Tactical Engagement Simulation System (TESS). This initial order will provide the army with a proven, off-the-shelf and technically advanced training system.


The laser-based TESS capability will be delivered by Saab New Zealand, drawing on over 35 years of tactical engagement simulation design, delivery and support expertise. Saab has a demonstrated track record of delivering on time and on budget, to the American, British, Canadian and Australian (ABCA) armies and to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) land forces. Saab’s live training system has been developed and continuously modernised with experience from more than 20 customer nations.

“We look forward to working closely with the New Zealand Army to enhance its training outcomes. We are proud to deliver this significant training system to the New Zealand Army, which will now lead the region in the employment of advanced laser-based tactical engagement systems to support training,” says Saab Australasia Head of Training and Simulation, Inger Lawes.

“With this agreement and order for training systems, the New Zealand Army will have a market-leading live training system that will improve their training capability. We deliver a modern system that enables a wide range of training scenarios and the highest realism. This order further strengthens our market position within this field”, says Åsa Thegström, head of business unit Training & Simulation within business area Dynamics.

Saab will work with the New Zealand Army to deliver a value for money, off-the-shelf TESS capability that will significantly enhance the Army’s ability to conduct and analyse the outcomes of force-on-force exercises. The capability meets the New Zealand Army’s current requirements while providing a platform and capacity for long-term system growth.

For further information, please contact:

Saab Press Centre,

+46 (0)734 180 018,

David Ledger
Marketing Communications Manager (Australia & New Zealand)

+61 (0)421 054 698, 

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27 April 2020