- Battle Management Command and Control
- Initial Operational Capability
The Ministry of Defense of the Netherlands has awarded Thales a contract to
develop and deliver prototype systems that will be the key components of the
future Dutch Digitized Soldier System (D2S2) program.
The components provided by Thales will improve the communications capabilities
over legacy systems used by the Netherlands' infantry while matching the
objectives needed in the 21st century. The contract includes soldier radios, a
central processing computer, user-friendly control unit and commander
interactive displays. D2S2 individual systems will be linked to the Dutch Army's
Battle Management Command and Control (BMC2) system.
Thanks to D2S2 the Netherlands' soldier will become a "individual network"
integrated into company chain of command. Enhanced situational awareness will
lead to improved survivability in the battlefield as well as combat efficiency
through a real-time network providing accurate information.
D2S2 is expected to be a lightweight, modular equipment capable of dealing with
new threats and the high-demanding operational requirements of the Netherlands'
Army. Thales radio systems will provide interoperability with joint and
coalition forces. In addition, the overall system open architecture will ensure
future upgrades to be fielded rapidly with minor impact in operational
availability for Dutch fighting units.
The Netherlands' Ministry of Defense, Thales and TNO, the Netherlands'
Organization for Applied Scientific Research, will be responsible for the entire
project. Testing and evaluation of early D2S2 systems has been planned in 2005.
Delivery of the first production systems to the Netherlands' Army is expected in
2006, thereafter achieving initial operational capability (IOC).
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