(September 25, 2008) -- Seven European countries have joined in an effort together with Saab creating interoperability allowing multinational exercises. During 16-18 September a combined military training scenario were conducted successfully at Rena Leir, Norway. Simulator equipment from all the countries were then used, demonstrating interoperability between their live training systems.
Today, all operational missions and peacekeeping missions are multinational, which in turn calls for multinational exercises and training environments that are as realistic as possible. The training systems that are used must then be fully interoperable and be able to communicate with each other. Therefore, seven European countries were joined to set a new milestone in this area. In a combined military training scenario at the facilities of Norwegian Army's Rena Leir in the South East of Norway, interoperability was shown between live training systems from all the participating countries.
"Saab facilitates multinational exercises by having developed a technology that makes it possible to carry out integrated and simulated combined exercises across national borders," says Fhleming Christensen, Saab's head of programmes for ground warfare solutions.
The concept means every country has a shared laser code and a standardised level of vulnerability and evaluation. Saab supplies the various participating countries with training systems that functions together with the different weapon system each country uses. Saab also had support staff on site throughout the week.
The countries that participated in the exercise were Sweden, Norway, Finland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany and Austria.