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African military delegation tests Pandur Driving Simulator, Currently, Pandur vehicles protect Portuguese soldiers on mission in the Central African Republic.
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With the interest to buy simulators for their own country still in 2019, an African Military delegation was in Portugal last week. The objective was to know the Pandur Dynamic Driving Simulator at the 13th Infantry Regiment in Vila Real.

The delegates wanted to see how it works, if it is applicable in their country and if the PRT/A which has been using the simulator for two years is fully satisfied.

This would be the 2nd business for company Empordef T.I. after the sale of simulators for the ULAN combat vehicle to the Austrian Ministry of Defense.

ETI developed the PDDS between 2015 and 2016, in close cooperation with General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS), the supplier of 188 Pandur vehicles to the PRT/A. ETI had already the experience and reputation in developing air simulators, with the Portuguese Air Force as its main customer. The industrial cooperation with GDELS and the transfer of know-how and data for the Pandur vehicles enabled ETI to develop a new business segment: military vehicles simulators. The two companies, created in cooperation with the PRT/A the Land Combat Simulation Center for the PRT/A in Vila Real, in which the ex-libris is the PDDS.

Savings of 4.5MEUR

With this complex and technologically advanced simulator, the PRT/A expects savings in the amount of 4.5MEUR. The savings come from the fact that each new driver receives training in the simulator, instead of in the real vehicles.

The drivers train in the simulator, which has a motion platform, the driving of the Pandur vehicle under various weather conditions, visibility, terrain and different scenarios, urban, rural and with obstacles. Meanwhile the driver trainee is in a replica of the Pandur driver position in front of screens, the instructor can monitor and control the training from an instructor station prepared for that end. The recording of the complete training session allows for a deep after session analysis. To simulate as e.g. the embarking and disembarking procedures, the PDDS is embedded with audiovisual and motion systems. This way the simulator contributes for a much more complete training than it would be possible in a real vehicle, contributing to the reduction of accidents.

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