In July, Saab conducted the L-COWD (Littoral Concepts of Operation and War gaming Development) at STTAL, the Naval Technology College in Surabaya, which was the final segment of the Saab Scholarships Program award, which commenced in April of this year. Professors from the Littoral Operations Center (LOC) at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School took the lead and the course was attended by nine officers from the Indonesian Navy (Students), as well as 15 additional officers from other relevant departments, at the Navy’s request.
The focus of the course was to train participants in a collaborative setting from countries that are challenged by their extreme littorals and to identify the challenges and explore alternative conceptual approaches to maritime security and defense.
The five-day course introduced the process of scenario and war game development and execution, while also focusing on results analysis. Participants had the opportunity to act and make decisions which directly affected the scenarios that led to operational changes or acquisition decisions. The main objectives of the program were: 1) to give the students a better understanding of littoral operations problems, 2) to have them explore and assess operational concepts and new technologies using war gaming, and 3) to improve organic war game capabilities. In addition to the war gaming exercises, representatives from Saab delivered lectures on the ‘Trimaran’ concept, the Saab systems on board, and on Electronic Warfare, highlighting the SME150 and the Sea Giraffe 1x.
The course was concluded with a graduation ceremony where gifts were exchanged and certificates were handed out to the students. The ceremony was prefaced by a lecture entitled “Analytic War Gaming on the Rise”, as well as a Q&A session which was attended by over 100 naval students. The brief was presented entirely in the Indonesian language. The training program revealed the need for a Fast Attack Craft with more fire power, more mine laying resources and AEW (Airborne Early Warning) assets. It also highlighted a need for sustainable logistic concepts in Indonesia.