Saab live training on African ground
The importance of interoperability and realism in training is larger than ever in land forces training. Saab’s live training solutions is a key in enabling this capability. The system is fully deployable to train at the point of need and tailored to the capabilities of land forces training.
The number of customers are growing and in addition to major contracts signed with Netherlands, Poland and U.S. Marine Corps we are also working with deliveries on a recent order from the Republic of Kenya’s Ministry of Defence. The contract includes a complete, new generation solution for live training including soldier systems (personnel detection devices), vehicle training systems, hand grenades and training applications for a variety of weapons.
The contract also includes the latest generation Exercise Control System (EXCON) and communication system, in addition to training courses for users and maintenance personnel. Kenya is however not a totally new user of Saab Training and simulation equipment, even if this is the first direct contract with this customer. The Kenyan Army has used Saab equipment provided by the British Army during joint training as part of the UK’s Tactical Engagement Simulation in Kenya (TESIK) exercises.
“This is the first contract that we have won with the Kenyan Defence Force which opens up a new market for us in Africa. It’s a great honour and responsibility to have been selected to provide our training systems to the Kenya Army. Our solutions will ensure a cost-effective way to train, with the most realistic training solution on the market,” says Åsa Thegström, head of Saab’s business unit Training and Simulation.
This opens up great technical, possibilities to conduct also interoperable, multinational training in some really demanding Kenyan terrain.