In 2015 the Finnish Defence Forces ordered 100 Leopard 2A6 MBT´s from the Dutch Army which included BT46 training systems from Saab Training & Simulation. Saab has now received an additional order from the customer for an upgrade of the training systems. The upgraded systems will be placed at two regiments, the armor brigade at Parolannummi and the KASI site in Säkylä. KASI is the Finnish Army’s mobile Combat Training Centre.
“Finland has used Saab´s training simulators since 1980 and in the mobile combat training center (KASI) since 2004. The Finnish Defence Forces can now train up to battalion and brigade level, which really strengthens their capability in the field”, says Anders Gardberg, head of Saab in Finland.
Included in the contract are new control panels, Computer and Interface Units (MVI), transport boxes, cables, Finnish manuals, new tactical radio interfaces and a support contract. With these upgrades the training capability of the Finnish Army will increase.
“With this order for BT46 training systems, the Finnish Defence Forces will have the best simulator on the market for training of combact vehicles. This order definitely strengthens Saab’s position as one of the world’s leading suppliers of combat training solutions”, says Åsa Thegström, head of Saab business unit Training & Simulation.
The BT46 system is a proven simulator system for fire training with different weapons and with realistic and tacitical combat exercises in field. The system has already been delivered to more than 20 countries supporting both combat training with vehicles and their weapons. More than 7000 vehicle simulators have been delivered in more than 100 applications world wide.
Saab provides the Finnish army with expert training support for KASI, its mobile Combat Training Centre (CTC). Saab sets up, supports and moves the mobile combat training centre to different training sites. This provides soldiers and officers in the Finnish Army with exceptional resources for tactical training at all levels. The KASI system, a national training resource, can be assembled in any location in Finland and is used for the pre-deployment training of international missions as well as supporting regimental combat exercises.
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