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The Federal Office for equipment, information technology and use of the Bundeswehr (BAAINBw) has contracted Saab on 29 November 2019 to support the operation of the army combat training center (CBC). For operation of the CBC in the period from 2020 to 2026 about 120 million euros are provided.

The services include the management and maintenance of the entire training device in the live simulation, the communication infrastructure and the exercise control center. In addition, Saab other logistics services will make available, such as the maintenance of vehicles and radio equipment, storage and handling of weapons and ammunition, transport of military personnel and the continued support of the total CBC. For the provision of these services Saab has teamed up with the Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft mbH (FFG). This partnership has already proven itself in the previous cooperation 2004-2008 on CBC.

"This order strengthens our position in Germany and underlines the existing Saab broad knowledge and expertise. He has a positive effect on the overall impression of Saab and reinforces our commitment in Germany, "says Anders Sjöberg, Managing Director of Saab Germany. (Photo: Saab)

The operating agreement CBC had been advertised throughout Europe in 2017, because the current contract was terminated with the Rheinmetall Service Center GmbH (RDA) to 31 August 2018th Against the contract to Saab RDA complaints had been inserted, which have delayed the award procedure until now. Because of the delays, the Bundeswehr had the current contract twice, most recently until 31 January 2020 extended.

The operating agreement CBC has significance for both sides: The Bundeswehr needs the-art training center urgently for the training and certification of his troops, which are intended for international assignments. A - even short term - failure is unacceptable. During combat training center some 250 civilian employees and more than 600 soldiers are busy. This means that the CBC is the largest employer in the rural Altmark.

Gerhard Heiming