The Kenyan military is interested in procuring the US Army-approved version of the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) combat simulator.
According to a market research published by the US Federal Business Opportunities (FBO), Kenya intends to buy the MILES Force-on-Force equipment to enhance its troops training and defense capabilities.
The procurement process will fall under the Building Partnership Capacity (BPC) and Kenya wants 132 individual weapon system (IWS) kits as well as support equipment, training, and other services.
Furthermore, the FBO disclosed that Kenya is also looking for suitable sources with the ability and availability for the production, operator’s and maintenance training materials, spares, and New Equipment Training (NET) for 132 of the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) Individual Weapon System (IWS) kits for Kenya.
As per information on the U.S Military training manual, MILES provides a realistic battlefield environment for soldiers involved in training exercises.
By providing tactical engagement simulation for direct fire force-on-force training using eye safe laser "bullets", each individual and vehicle in the training exercise has a detection system to sense hits and perform casualty assessment.
When procured, Kenyan soldiers can use MILES devices during force-on-force exercises, from squad through brigade level, to simulate the firing and effects of actual weapons systems.
Basically, the system uses lasers and blank cartridges to simulate actual battle, with lasers attached to weapons that emit beams that are detected by small laser sensors carried by individual soldiers participating in the training.
Also, it can help increase the battlefield readiness of Kenyan troops while improving the capabilities in kinetic combat especially in combat against al Shabaab in Somalia.