EADS has announced that has been awarded a contract to equip 150 soldiers of the
German International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) currently deployed in
Afghanistan with IdZ system.
The IdZ or "Infanterist der Zukunft" (infantryman of the future) is a front-line
warrior system being developed for the German Bundeswehr infantrymen. The system
considerably enhances the protection of the individual soldier during military
engagements providing him with increased survivability.
The contract worth €10 million ($12.5 million) has
been awarded by the German Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement.
It includes delivery of 15 IdZ systems, each one for 10 soldiers. The first IdZ
was delivered to German Army Inspector on July 1st, 2004.
The IdZ integrated system covers self-protection, communications,
navigation/orientation and weaponry through the use of new technologies in the
network centric warfare environment. Nuclear, Biological and Chemical
(NBC) protection are integrated into the IdZ system as well as bullet-proof
clothing. Improved weapons, night vision, digital secure communications and
navigation with GPS devices are also provided.
EADS Defence Electronics, an EADS subsidiary, is the prime contractor for the
IdZ program consortium named "Projekthaus System Soldat" (System Soldier Project
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