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29 April 2016

Rheinmetall to Equip Bundeswehr with New Laser Simulators

Today, Rheinmetall was awarded €20 million by the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) to supply the German Army Combat Training Centre (GÜZ) with a new generation of equipment for staging combat training exercises.

At the German Army Training Centre, freely configurable, multidiscipline formations of all types can be prepared for every conceivable military task in a highly realistic environment. Looking ahead, this will soon include training for operations in urban terrain and the use of Future Soldier (IdZ) equipment, responsibility for the expanded version of which (GLADIUS/IdZ-ES) has also been assigned to Rheinmetall. (Photo: Rheinmetall)

Known in Bundeswehr parlance as the AGDUS HdWa (Training Device, Duel Simulator, Small Arms), this laser- and wireless-supported duel simulation system is based on the Rheinmetall LEGATUS family of products, and supersedes existing first-generation Bundeswehr systems, now approx. 20 years old.

Rheinmetall’s Simulation & Training business unit has signed a contract with the BAAINBw to produce and supply (among other things) more than 2,000 laser transmitter units for small arms and 1,500 soldier target sets featuring “AGDUS passiv Soldat” laser sensors. In future, it will be possible to use Bundeswehr small arms equipped with AGDUS in simulated combat operations, an option not previously available. The new technology is compatible with practically all standard-issue Bundeswehr infantry weapons, including pistols and assault rifles, the G28 and G82 sniper rifles, the MP7 submachine gun, MG4 and MG5 machineguns as well as the AG40 automatic grenade launcher and simulators for hand grenades.