This is a dilemma that no member of the US military should ever have to face; our warfighters must have the advantage in any combat scenario. That's why the defense industry must develop the most effective live training products possible – products with high-fidelity and interoperable capabilities.
For force-on-force training, many of today's militaries use laser simulation systems. These systems must have high-fidelity capabilities to more closely mirror "real-world" combat scenarios. Our soldiers only have the advantage when their training is realistic and effective.
These crucial high-fidelity capabilities should also allow for modular solutions that can be integrated to the training scenarios – including counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) training; chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNe) training; and scalable, deployable, instrumented training systems – to deliver a turnkey package.
Interoperability is the key to multinational, integrated live training exercises. The live training community understands that abiding by the interoperable standards outlined by the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO) will lead to cohesive training within the same space. This understanding has invigorated coordination efforts to address gaps, ensuring that participants are not restricted in integrated training events.
The Interoperable User Community (IUC) is one key example of how these challenges can be addressed and resolved in a cooperative manner. The IUC members – Austria, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, the UK and the US – have conducted successful joint force gunnery and combat training using interoperable equipment.
Bringing the Two Together
There are two Saab-developed laser codes used in live training equipment: the U.S.-based Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) and the Europe-based Optische Schnittstelle für AGDUS und GefÜbZ (OSAG). OSAG, which is used by the IUC, is a more advanced standard and can allow for a higher fidelity of training.
To maintain flexibility in multinational training exercises, the US military needs gear that combines interoperability with OSAG's higher-fidelity capability. The solution? Equipment that is configurable with both OSAG and MILES – and that's what Saab will deliver to the US Army's Program Executive Office of Simulation, Training and Instrumentation.
The defense industry must keep pace with new developments in combat environments and doctrinal changes that require more advanced technology. That way, our men and women in uniform will always be prepared to face live combat – and come home safe.
Director of Marketing and Sales, Training and Simulation Division
Saab Defense and Security USA