LONDON — Saab Training USA has delivered its first batch of Live Training Transformation Interim Range Systems (LT2-IRS), company representatives said at ITEC 2012. They said they aim to expand its capabilities rapidly over the coming year.
Under the LT2-IRS contract, which was signed in April 2011, the company will field a communications network system that provides radios for each soldier and vehicle, enabling soldiers to engage in instrumented force-on-force training.
The system can be integrated with the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES), which incorporates lasers and blank cartridges to simulate combat. LT2-IRS acceptance tests took place in April.
The system can handle up to 7,000 players via a single communications trailer, but that number will rise to 12,000 within a year.
“We’re doing that not because we can, but because there’s a genuine need for it,” a company spokesman said.
Saab has previously noted that many of the exercise communications systems used by the U.S. Army are limited to handling around 200 people. Larger-capacity communications systems will be required as the war in Afghanistan winds down over the next two years, and the Army moves back towards full-spectrum operations employing a mix of much larger numbers of armored vehicles and infantry.