WARSAW, Poland — Five consortia have submitted bids in the Polish Defense Ministry's tender to acquire battlefield simulation systems for the country's military, according to the ministry's Armament Inspectorate.

The bidders are consortia with the participation of US Cubic, Germany's Rheinmetall Defence Electronics, Israel's Elbit Systems, Thales Poland, Sweden's Saab, Ruag Defence France, and the state-run Polish Armaments Group (PGZ). The companies teamed up with a number of other defense manufacturers and research institutions, predominantly from Poland, according to the information obtained by local news site Dziennikzbrojny.pl.

Under the plan, the simulation systems are to be supplied to the Polish Armed Forces by October 2021, the ministry said.

The planned acquisition is part of the Polish military's program to enhance the training capabilities of its tank and armored vehicle units, in particular the military training facility in Drawsko Pomorskie, in Poland's northwest.

The Polish Armed Forces are to host Exercise Anakonda 16, a joint, multinational military exercise, at the facility in Drawsko Pomorskie. More than 25,000 service members and military staff from NATO member states will participate. The training is scheduled between June 7 and 17.

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