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Important steps for Live Training interoperability

Historically, armies have developed their own live training capabilities with main focus on national defense, weapons and training needs. Operations in places such as Syria, Afghanistan, Libya and the current instability in Europe have proved that current and future conflicts are likely to be fought within a multinational structure.
The optical interface OSAG 2.0 is developed by Saab AB in cooperation with IUC (Interoperability User Community) army representatives. The need for multinational exercises and interoperability requirements is recognized by a number of European armies and as an initiative to solve this problem the IUC was formed. Today IUC have 13 European countries as members.

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Many nations today have live training capabilities that use laser transmitters and fire simulators mounted on weapons to simulate engagement against soldiers and vehicles that are equipped with laser receivers and target simulators. Exercises are typically performed within a fixed combat training center area or by using mobile training systems. In both cases the radio data communication system’s links the simulator equipment’s together and records such parameters as vehicle and soldier movements, number of shots fired, engagement effects and casualties. Multinational missions require multinational training and interoperable training systems. Laser simulators and the optical interface OSAG 2.0 strongly improves the soldiers and units abilities to prepare for multinational missions.

OSAG 2.0 is developed by Saab AB in cooperation with IUC (Interoperability User Community) army representatives. The need for multinational exercises and interoperability requirements is recognized by a number of European armies and as an initiative to solve this problem the IUC was formed.

In September 2014 the NATO Response Force (NRF) prepared for their responsibilities by taking part in the military field training exercise “Noble Ledger”. This was the first major exercise that proofed the OSAG 2.0 optical interface interoperability when six battalions including 6500 soldiers from four different European armies conducted an instrumented multinational exercise in Norway.
The largest Multinational Exercise in modern time in Sweden “Aurora 2017” is the next Joint training event where armies from US and many European countries participate. Now interoperability is a demand for successful training.

Training needs are rapidly evolving in line with the shifting global security threat situation. Lessons learned show that mission success in today’s multidimensional combat environment is all about being able to plan, co-ordinate and synchronize actions across the full spectrum of service, joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational operations. The increasing needs for complex scenarios means that Saab is focusing on extraordinary training scenarios including Blended training and Augmented solutions.