Saab Simulation & Training Centre Preps Soldiers for Future Wars
News.com.Au brings us inside the Swedish simulation training center to share about the technology, the training benefits and cost-savings of modern day military and police lessons from Saab. Saab, I just realized, does a lot more than build cars by providing medical, air, land, naval and civil security simulation training to programs around the world.
Article Covers Military Simulation Technology & Benefits:
During a media tour of the firm’s facilities across Sweden in early April, News Corp Australia witnessed first-hand the incredible advances in simulation technology from digital weapons ranges to an entire village fully instrumented to simulate any number of scenarios from hostage rescue to a full-blown live fire assault.
Today’s advanced simulation and live instrumentation systems can be transported in trailers to units at their home locations with a minimum of fuss and at a greatly reduced cost. With shrinking budgets across all areas of government, including the military, the sheer cost of moving hundreds of soldiers and equipment long distances to conduct live training has become so prohibitive that portable and fixed simulation will take over many traditional training roles.
Just one example of the huge potential for savings that simulation brings is the training of Joint Terminal Attack Controllers or JTAC’s. These highly trained soldiers are the eyes and ears on the ground to call in close-air support for infantry troops in the form of fast jets or attack helicopters. The cost of training just one JTAC is estimated at $19 million when you tally up aircraft and ammunition costs. Modern simulation technology means you can take a JTAC to the same skill level for a fraction of that cost.
Saab employs about 700 people in its training systems and simulation division including about 350 engineers and according to company spokesman Anders Jonzon the philosophy of simulation is simple — to allow soldiers or police to train as they will fight. “We are turning training into confidence,’’ he said, “If we can save a life that is what we intend to do.’’
Politicians who send troops to war don’t want too many coming home in body bags so saving lives is a vital element of modern training for war. According to Saab it can prove how simulated training systems have saved lives.
SAAB “Medical Treatment Simulator”
A combat medic must be trained to determine who is most seriously injured. The Medical Treatment Simulator provides support for treatment prioritisation and improves the basic wound simulation capabilities in Saab’s Personnel Detection Devices. The simulator software is used in a handheld computer in the field for simulated examination and treatment of soldiers.
Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, is the Founder & CEO of HealthySimulation.com, which he started while serving as the Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas back in 2010. Lance is also the Founder and acting Advisor to the Board of SimGHOSTS.org, the world’s only non-profit organization dedicated to supporting professionals operating healthcare simulation technologies. His new co-edited Book: “Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Operations, Technology, and Innovative Practice” is available now. Lance’s background also includes serving as a Simulation Technology Specialist for the LA Community College District, EMS fire fighting, Hollywood movie production, rescue diving, and global travel. He lives with his wife Abigail in Las Vegas, Nevada.