- Bundesamt für Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung
- Commercial Off-The-Shelf
- Infanterist der Zukunft
- International Security Assistance Force
- North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Defence Electronics has received a €70 million ($88 million) contract from the
German Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement (BWB) for 196 IdZ
future soldier basic systems. These systems will be used by around 2,000 German
soldiers of all services.
This order follows past July order for 15 systems intended for German ISAF
forces deployed in Kundus (Afghanistan), with deliveries completed in November
this year. The new order will decisively improved the protection of German
individual soldiers on high risk missions. German NATO response forces deployed
in Afghanistan embedded in the ISAF will benefit from the new systems.
The IdZ or Infantryman of the Future is an integrated system that combines
self-defense capabilities, communications, orienting or navigation, and arms.
Therefore, IdZ brings the benefits of a networked environment; such as increased
mission effectiveness, information superiority and enhanced situational
awareness; to the German individual soldier.
The German soldier of the future system includes a ballistic-protective vest
made form the most modern materials; nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC)
protection; night vision equipment; GPS-aided navigation device; tactical data
and voice communications and improved armaments (assault rifle, etc).
IdZ is being developed under German Bundeswehr 'Projekthaus System Soldat'
(Soldier System Project) program. EADS Defence Electronics leads a consortium
that includes the German Bundeswehr and other companies supplying a wide range
of civil components or COTS and military components for the final system.
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