Saab will deliver new and upgraded training systems to the Dutch armed forces that combine live and virtual training using augmented reality. The order, which is worth approximately €138 million over the 10-year period of the contract, includes delivery of an upgraded Mobile Combat Training Centre (MCTC), including examples such as the “Mortar and Forward Observer” capability, which introduces a mix between live and virtual training, also known as blended training.
“Through this upgrade we will increase our realism and flexibility of our training and improve interoperability with our partners,” says Lt. Gen. M. Wijnen, Commander in Chief of the Royal Netherlands Army.
Blended training opens up a new dimension in military training. Operators can monitor the whole training area, as well as specific soldiers in augmented reality. It also includes the latest generation of a vehicle simulation platform.
“This order will ensure that the Royal Netherlands Army and the Netherlands Marine Corps are equipped with innovative, flexible training solutions and the required training capability,” says Åsa Thegström, head of Saab Training & Simulation. “ This will enable them to train at the point-of-need and as close to reality as possible. At the same time, they will remain fully interoperable with NATO and other allied nations.”
Saab received the initial order for the MCTC for the Dutch armed forces in 2000, and has continuously delivered upgrades and support services for the programme. This latest order will extend the lifetime of the capability by up to 15 years.
The contract also includes upgrades to the Military Operations Urban Terrain facility, which has been in operation since 2004.