SOURCE: Saab Training USA

Saab Training USA

December 01, 2009 13:47 ET

First Delivery of I-TESS to U.S. Marine Corps Base Quantico for Instrumented-Tactical Engagement Simulation System (I-TESS) by Saab Training USA

Saab I-TESS Deployable Instrumented Training Systems Greatly Improve Urban Warfare Training Capabilities

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwire - December 1, 2009) - Saab Training USA, a business unit of Saab (STKM: SAAB.B), announced that it has delivered its first set of Instrumented - Tactical Engagement Simulation System (I-TESS) at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Quantico -- within 6 month of contract award. This represents the first fielding of I-TESS under a $28.8 million contract awarded to Saab Training USA by the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command, Orlando, Florida. Development and production will take place in Orlando, Florida and the expected completion date is April 2011.

I-TESS is a member of Saab's Deployable Instrumented Training Systems (DITS) family of live training products that is used by militaries and security professionals throughout the world. I-TESS is a modular and mobile integrated instrumentation system that provides laser-based force-on-force training with Position Location Information (PLI) reporting, battle tracking, data collection and rapid After-Action Reviews (AARs) for live training events. I-TESS offers real-time situational awareness, exercise control capabilities, and adjudication of direct and indirect fire engagements to help facilitate the training exercise objectives. The I-TESS system will be used in Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) facilities and non-live fire maneuver areas located at various U.S. Marine Corp bases and installations. I-TESS supports the USMC Pre-deployment Training Program (PTP) and other Individual through Regimental Combat Team-level training exercises.

"I-TESS will significantly expand the current base of instrumentation systems already fielded by Saab for the U.S. Marine Corps," says Lars Borgwing, President, Saab Training USA. "In addition to underscoring Saab's position as a leader in the U.S. simulation training industry, this new contract expands our global footprint as the same instrumentation system is fielded with the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy SEALs and five major armies in Europe."

Ken Polczynski, Saab's USMC Program Manager, adds: "The I-TESS program will immediately provide the Marine Corps the ability to train anywhere at any time without changing infrastructure. United States Marines are highly skilled at facing dangerous situations every day, and now they have the ability to hone those battle skills more quickly and effectively."

About Saab Training USA

Saab Training USA is located in the Orlando 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 over thirty years. Saab Training USA is a business unit of The Saab Group (STKM: SAAB.B), which provides aerospace and defense products and services worldwide. For more information, visit: www.saabtrainingusa.com.

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