Saab Training USA Provides Deployable Instrumented Training System (DITS) in Support of the U.S. Army Operational Test Command (OTC) Nett Warrior Testing

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Saab Training USA Supports U.S. Army Operatonal Test Command (OTC) Testing to Measure Nett Warrior's Precision, Efficency and Accuracy.

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"Saab Training USA is very excited to support this exercise," says Lars Borgwing, president of Saab Training USA. "Nett Warrior will greatly impact our soldiers’ awareness, responsiveness and overall performance in the field.”

The U.S. Army Operational Test Command (OTC) fielded Saab Training USA’s Deployable Instrumented Training System (DITS) during an eight-week Limited User Test (LUT) of the Nett Warrior System at Ft. Riley, KS. The test was conducted from Sept. 20 through Nov. 21, 2010 and consisted of a battalion-sized element. Saab’s DITS was used to evaluate the effectiveness and accuracy of the U.S. Army’s Nett Warrior System. Nett Warrior, formerly called Ground Soldier System (GSS), is the next generation of Land Warrior and is designed to increase soldiers’ situational awareness, decrease reaction times and reduce the risk of fratricide.

In conjunction with OTC and Nett Warrior System, Saab Training USA used the DITS to measure Nett Warrior’s precision, efficiency and to identify any possible interference of normal operations between Nett Warrior and instrumentation. The exercises were conducted at three separate locations, all running simultaneously, in urban, dense woodland and open terrain. The force-on-force engagement scenarios measured Nett Warrior’s physical intrusiveness to the soldier, communication abilities, and performance.

“Saab Training USA is very excited to assist the Operational Test Command’s testing of such a ground-breaking system,” says Lars Borgwing, president of Saab Training USA. “We are glad to support Nett Warrior testing as it will greatly impact our soldiers’ awareness, responsiveness and overall performance in the field.”

Saab’s DITS is a mobile, computerized radio controlled instrumentation system that supports combined arms training for mechanized and infantry forces. Throughout the past five years, Saab has fielded a combined total of 33 mobile instrumentation systems to the U.S. Army, Navy SEALs and the U.S. Marine Corps through their Instrumented-Tactical Engagement Simulation System (I-TESS). DITS is modular and scalable allowing exercise support from platoon through brigade task force level. The instrumentation combines a global positioning system and radio technology to track each player and to communicate that player’s position and status to an exercise control system. The instrumentation system communicates with currently fielded tactical engagements systems such as the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES). Each direct fire round expended is recorded and the effect is captured for the After Action Review (AAR). A comprehensive AAR consists of graphic modeling of all events at any location in the exercise area such as pairing images for direct fire engagements or fall of shot for indirect fire missions. Objective data on key parameters such as rounds fired, target hits, wounded and killed status is viewable with an easy to use Graphical User Interface (GUI) in the command and control console.

About OTC and ATEC
OTC, a division of ATEC (Army Test and Evaluation Command), plans, conducts and reports operational tests, assessments and experiments to provide essential information for the acquisition and fielding of warfighting systems. Established in 1999, the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC) was created to ensure that soldiers are outfitted with fully functioning equipment. ATEC has responsibility for all Army developmental and operational testing of potential newly fielding equipment.

About Saab Training USA
Saab Training USA is located in Central Florida’s Research Park and has supported the U.S. Armed Forces and Homeland Security with targets, laser simulators and instrumentation training products for more than 30 years. Saab Training USA is a business unit of The Saab Group (STO: SAAB.B), which provides aerospace and defense products and services worldwide. For more information, visit: http://www.saabtraining.net.

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