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Saab will deliver its Tactical Engage-
ment Simulation System (TESS) to the
New Zealand Army, the company an-
nounced on 22 August.
The initial five-year agreement will
provide the Army with an off-the-shelf,
high-fidelity training system based on
technology already proven in the Amer-
ican, British, Canadian and Australian ar-
mies and with various NATO land forces.
The system selected by New Zealand
will leverage off Saab’s design, delivery,
support and continuous modernisation of
live simulation training systems for more
than 20 end users.
“With this agreement and order for
training systems, the New Zealand Army
will have a market-leading live training
system that will improve their training ca-
pability. We deliver a modern system that
enables a wide range of training scenarios
and the highest realism. This order further
strengthens our market position within
this field”, says Åsa Thegström, head of
business unit Training & Simulation within
business area Dynamics.
Saab will work with the New Zealand
Army to deliver a value for money TESS
capability that will significantly enhance
the Army’s ability to conduct and analyse
the outcomes of force-on-force exercis-
es. The capability meets the New Zea-
land Army’s current requirements while
providing a platform and capacity for
long-term system growth.
– Staff Reporters
NZ orders Saab TESS
India close to K-9 SPH deal
LEFT: TESS consists of a soldier-worn
laser transmitter, personnel detection
device and weapon effects sub-systems
and the instrumentation and tracking
elements that provide detailed after-
action reports. All are compatible
with MILES (multiple integrated laser
engagement system) equipment.
BELOW: India looks set to sign off on the purchase of at least 100 K-9 155mm SPHs (pictured
foreground) from South Korea’s Samsung Techwin. However, the K-10 ARV (second, third
and fourth vehicles in column) will not likely be part of the deal. Image: RoK MND
The Indian Ministry of Defence is
reported to be in the final stages of
approving a contract for 100 K-9 Vajra
155mm/52-calibre self-propelled howit-
zers (SPH) from South Korea.
The US$750 million (AUD$995 mil-
lion) contract includes an option for a
further 50 K-9 Vajra SPHs. Contract sig-
nature is expected before the end of first
The K-9 Vajra SPH acquisition comes
under the umbrella of India’s ‘Buy Glob-
al’ category of the Defence Procure-
ment Procedure (DPP), yet still includes
around 50 per cent local content that
includes hull and turret manufacture
and the indigenous development of 14
platform sub-systems such as the fire
control and communications systems.
Selected ahead of a 155mm/45-cali-
bre version of the Russian MSTA-S 152
mm SPH, the K-9 Vajra (‘Thunderbolt’)
is a version of Samsung Techwin’s K-9
SPH which has been tailored to Indian
Army requirements by local firm Lars-
en & Toubro. The contract does not,
however, include provision for the original
counterpart of the K-9 – the K-10 ammu-
nition resupply vehicle (ARV).
The K-9 SPH is in service with South
Korea and Turkey and will soon be
licenced produced in Poland (hull/
– Ian Bostock
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UMBRELLA OF INDIA’S
CATEGORY OF THE DPP
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