GaardTech, which specialises in the production of tank and reconnaissance ground enemy target systems, has released footage of its MBT/AFV Combative Shooting Range System. The set-up is designed to replicate mounted combat in a simple, cost-effective system.
The Brisbane-based, veteran-owned SME is well known for taking innovative approaches in the target space. Last year, the company released a 3D robotic tank target, capable of up to 30km of cross-country movement.
Steen Bisgaard, Gaardtech’s founding director, said, “This system has been the culmination of months of work by the team and integrates numerous emerging technologies to achieve a highly functional, reliable and smart training system, which will challenge AFV crews and combat drills like no other range system on the market.”
“This is enabled by its high visual and thermal realism, vehicle cresting drills, active shoot back characteristics, laser systems and battlefield effects, which is controlled by the smart autonomous range software, which ‘fights back’ to ensure the training audience experiences the realisms of combat.”
Gaardtech also said the platform works well in small test spaces with fixed-range bunkers. Alternatively, the model can be taken out and placed onto temporary ranges, making it suitable for in-barracks laser training as well as AFV-FFTS live firing or short-term range establishments in remote locations.
The range system is controlled by GaardTech’s proprietary range control software and integrates a long range wireless network for simple set-up and control in all conditions.
“Every aspect of the training is captured and the data enables insights into the skill and competence of a commander and gunners,” added Bisgaard.
“We expect drills and combat TTP’s to change as there are two outcomes from engaging with this system, you survive or perish and learn why. We are eager to see this system put to the test by the ADF and will be presenting it to the UK Army and US Army as an option for their fixed-range upgrades.”