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I/ITSEC 2016: Rheinmetall Details Simulation & Training Business

Rheinmetall simulation technology at I/ITSEC

Rheinmetall’s Simulation and Training unit has recently won another important order in the Middle East-North Africa (MENA) region. A customer country has contracted with the Düsseldorf-based high-tech group to modernise and expand an existing live training facility. The order is worth just under €10 million.

Rheinmetall will supply state-of-the-art hardware and software components for expanding and updating the country’s Mobile Combat Training Centre. In addition, the order encompasses the supply of new laser engagement simulators that will enable inclusion of various combat vehicles and the latest weapon systems in the tactical training process.

The Centre’s expanded capabilities will make it possible to train not just infantry units but also mechanized formations ranging in size up to reinforced company level.

Rheinmetall’s innovative and versatile LEGATUS live simulation technology will play a central role here. The German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) already places its trust in these Rheinmetall systems. Just recently, it awarded Rheinmetall an order to expand the exercise control cell of the German Army Combat Training Centre (GÜZ), located in a major training area in the Altmark district of Saxony Anhalt. The expansion will enable the German Army to conduct and evaluate training for military operations in built-up terrain in the Schnöggersburg section of the GÜZ, where an urban environment has been specially created.

Rheinmetall is also supplying the German Army with 2,000 new LEGATUS laser transmitter units for small arms and 1,500 accompanying soldier target sets with corresponding laser sensors. LEGATUS embodies Rheinmetall’s approach to developing future-proof live simulation technology.

It was announced on 29 September 2016, that the Bundeswehr has awarded Rheinmetall several modernisation contracts worth a total of around €24 million. Through to 2020, Rheinmetall will be expanding the system technology of the GÜZ, in a series of staggered projects. Among other things, the orders (booked in Q2 2016) encompass special expansion of the headquarters software to enable execution and evaluation of training sequences in the site’s “Schnöggersburg” urban combat environment, as well as modernization of the training area’s data communication system.

The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has assigned Rheinmetall’s Simulation and Training unit the task of readying the GÜZ for MOUT exercises, i.e. military operations in urban terrain. The expansion and modernisation of the GÜZ encompasses the following individual projects:

The hardware of the existing GÜZ system technology in the headquarters cell will be upgraded to state-of-the-art status.

Regeneration of the communication system, involving modernization of the soft-ware and hardware for connecting tactical radio systems and network technology.

In addition, the GÜZ headquarters cell will be equipped with new capabilities for directing and evaluating exercises in built-up areas. Military operations in urban terrain (MOUT) are among the most challenging tasks faced by modern soldiers. In the future, they will be able to practise these in “Schnöggersburg,” a specially created urban environment featuring multiple infrastructure elements of a large modern city.

At the GÜZ, military formations of all types can train and prepare for every conceivable task and mission. In future, this will include training for military operations in urban terrain and inclusion of Future Soldier (IdZ) equipment, whose expanded GLADIUS/IdZ-ES system is also made by Rheinmetall.


For more information please see MILITARY TECHNOLOGY #12/2016, available at the show on booth #2729; and frequently check back for more NEWS FROM THE FLOOR.


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