The Portuguese Ministry of Defence procurement agency Direcção Geral de Armamento e Infra-Estruturas de Defesa (DGAIED)  is negotiating with Dutch Ministry of Defence DMO (Defensie Materieel Organisatie) the acquisition of a second hand simulation system to train Krauss Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co KG Leopard 2A6 battle tank crews.

The system called VTE (Video Training Equipment) which has been delivered in the past by Krauss Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co KG (designed Live Firing Monitoring Equipment) have a cost of €885 000 and include the simulation system, mobile targets, a single tactical truck unit and trailer fitted with a power unit as well as training services related with the system operation and maintenance.

The delivery is scheduled to be held in the end of 2010 or during early 2011 PoADU´s has learned.

When Portugal procured the 37 Leopard 2A6 vehicles and the single Leopard 2A4, the DMO made an offer regarding the delivery of a VTE system but the Portuguese MoD didn’t followed with any purchase.

Since, some foreign companies presented simulations systems and the Portuguese company Empordef-Tecnologias de Informação SA planned to propose a training system.

The Portuguese company owned by Empordef-Empresa Portuguesa de Defesa SGPS SA has developed a table top simulation system for the PANDUR II infantry fighting variant. This development conducted in cooperation with a German company has been awarded by the PANDUR II manufacturer Steyr GmbH under the offsets agreement for the purchase of 260 vehicles.

From October 2008 to December 2009, the Grupo de Carros de Combate (GCC), a sub-unit of the Brigada Mecanizada (BrigMec) has received 37 Leopard 2A6 battle tanks and a single Leopard 2A4 for driver´s training.

Portugal is negotiating the purchase of a new batch composed by 18 second hand Leopard 2A6 units along new build Leopard based armoured recovery vehicles and bridge launching vehicles. The procurement of tractor trucks and trailers is also being conducted.

VTE is an integrated system that records, processes and presents audio, visual, video and data information, as an aid, to enable the instructor(s) to know and observe precisely what the trainee and the weapon system does and has done. VTE enables the instructor at life firing exercises and during the firing training to exercise detailed checks on the tanks’ crews, both in static as well as running tanks, on both static and moving targets.

Along by the Netherlands, the VTE system has been procured by United Kingdom, Denmark, Switzerland, Greece and Egypt.

In 2009, a Portuguese military delegation has visited Spanish Army facilities (BRIMZ Extramadura XI and BRIAC Guadarrama XII) where the Leopardo 2E and Leopard 2A4 are operated as well the CIUACO (Centro de Instrucción y Adiestramiento de Unidades ACorazadas) tracked vehicles sch l and the Spanish company INDRA Sistemas SA.





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