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Overview of Programmes as of June 2011

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Country Programme Name Schedule Contractor Team Recent Procurement Activity Notes
Land 125 Spiral Development Action Plan dating from 2004. Phase 2B equipment completed. Phase 3 being acquired Includes Elbit Systems, Harris, Thales & Selex Selected Elbit for Dismounted BMS in 2010. Thales continues work with upgraded Austeyr New Tiered Body Armour System replacing Modular Combat Body Armour System (MCBAS) or the Eagle Marine body armour. Deploy to Af. later this year
Soldat der Zukunft Concept Phase concludes 2011. Acquisition postponed to now begin from 2015 To be awarded Modified Steyr AUG /StG 77 assault rifle and new uniform mandated items Harmonised with EDA. New national security strategy published 1 March, restates neutrality, reduces active security co-operation with EU & NATO. Referendum on conscription
Austria Soldat 2015 Recently introduced initiative. Near term procurement of radios, hearing protection and head subsystem To be awarded Madritsch delivered first batch of its AG77 A1/ML40 UGL Provisional title given to near term procurements
Belgium Belgian Soldier Transformation (BEST) R&D and market studies Decision on joining VOSS in 2011 for Smart Vest Belgium deploys 600 troops in Afghanistan Est. 4000 sets of equipment required
Combatente Brasileiro (COBRA) 2007 Army General Staff endorsement. R&D and testing and evaluation phase until 2013 linked to AFV work To be awarded Acquired FELIN related equipment from DGA in 2009. New Technology Park plans for soldier technology Two versions planned: Amazon and Regular. Proposed comms solution tested in Haiti
Integrated Soldier System Project (ISSP) RFP Sep-Dec. 2011
RFP Closes Feb 2012
Bid Eval. June 2012
Contract Award for Definition Feb 2013
Initial Operational Capability Dec 2014
To be awarded December change in Strategy to accelerate access to secure networks with potentially fewer systems acquired down to two TFs rather than six Expected service life of the ISS will be 90 months (roughly 7.5 years) with 27,060 hours system operating life
‘Future Soldier’ EDA/LCG/1 participation only on C4I Procurement for Afghanistan deployment inc. Motorola GP300, Kroko ballistic vest, Sestan Busch helmet New uniform and load carriage procured. First 1000 VHS 5.56mm assault rifle delivered ew sniper rifles demo-ed: Berta Projekt BP 08 M in .338 Lapua and .300 Win Mag and Agencija Alan’s MACS M4 12.7mm
Czech Republic
Voják 21 ‘V21’ or Soldier 21 V21 2004-6 single Demonstrator. Squad level ‘Sesedak’ experimentation in 2007-9 VOP-026 led V21 and ‘Sesedak’ New Ceska Zbrojovka assault rifle postponed in 2011 due to funding White Paper on 18 May focused on increased on improved recruitment, helos. & fighters
‘Danish Army Network Enabled Soldier’ (DANES) Work on integrated SMP ended 2005 in favour of incremental acquisition. May procure systems from 2015-20. Incremental procurement in meantime for Afghanistan. Move to acquire dismounted BMS 2009-14 As equipment Recent funding of Aimpoint laser light module, ballistic eye protection, first aid kit, combat vest and Personal Role Radio Mortar sections using 60mm Hirtenberger mortars in Af. issued two Soltam M/10 120mm mortars in Feb. Reducing deployment from 750 to 650 by 2012
Finnish Warrior Technology Programme 2010 (TP2010) until 2014. Fielding from 2017 TP2010 includes Savox as integrator and Millog, Nethawk and Insta RFI Mobile Ballistic Protection Systems issued April Three versions of system required for Territorial Troops, Regular and SF
FELIN Total of 22,588 equipment sets ordered est. $1billion
First 90 systems delivered to School of infantry in May 2010.
Sagem FELIN equips 1st Infantry Regiment. Started equipping 13th Mtn. Inf. Battalion in Jan. tasked with developing new FELIN doctrine, 16th Bataillon de Chasseurs armored infantry unit equipping as will two more units in 2011 Could be deployed to Afghanistan in 2011. By the end of 2011, almost 6000 FELIN soldiers will be operational in the French army. FN MAG MG selected to replace AN F1 MGs in Dec. 2010
France FELIN V.2 Technology Roadmap/ Concept phase Sagem Additional Integrated Red and Blue Force Tracking, UGVs, fuel cells and FAMAS replacement Probable point at which FELIN integrated into Scorpion
A total of 2500 systems now acquired rising to 2900 with March award April 2010, Germany's (BWB) signed a contract with EADS Defence & Security for a further 220 units of the IdZ BS Cassidian BWB awards contract in March for 400 IdZ BS kits for use by Bundeswehr forces in ISAF Basis for Warrior 21 C4I
Germany IdZ-2/ES Risk reduction 2006-8. Pre Series contract 2009. 2011 trials and contract late 2011/early 2012 for 40 systems Rheinmetall Alpine Testing begins mid 2011 Total requirement for 9040 systems
Greece ‘Future Soldier System’ Studies linked to EDA To be awarded 50 Theon Sensors NX-122A NVG in 2009 Programme postponed indefinitely
Hungary ‘Future Soldier System’ Joined EDA work in 2007 To be awarded Selected BMS in 2009 Programme postponed indefinitely
Futuristic Infantry Soldier As a System (F-INSAS) Phase 1 2012 weapons, body armour, clothing and individual equipment Phase 2 ISTAR 2015. Phase 3 C4I 2020 To be awarded Began INSAS replacement programme in 2008 Tavor-21 5.56 mm assault rifles and Galil 7.62mm sniper rifles enter service with Navy and Air Force SF
Israel Israeli Advanced Soldier First deliveries of ‘Dominator’ system in 2009 Elbit Systems prime contractor IDF assesses Elbit’s Skylark II UAV Integral part of Digital Army Programme
Soldato Futuro Testing at Forza NEC with 62 V1.2 Systems. Critical Design Review scheduled end 2010. Delivery of 558 v.2.0 systems in 2011 Selex Communications, Larimart, Selex Galileo, Beretta & AeroSekur Remaining 62 outstanding kits in production, delivery in 2011. CD&E phase of Forza NEC awarded. Systems to equip two regiments from “Pinerolo” Brigade in 2012-14 TenCate Defender M fabric selected for uniforms in April
Japan Advanced Combat Infantry Equipment System (ACIES) Evaluation 2005-8. Demonstrators in 2008. LRIP deliveries 2011 Hitachi Summer 2010 Type 89 5.56mm assault rifle modified for accessories for deployments to Iraq Brentronics reported as battery supplier
Future Soldier System’ Entered Service with Royal Special Forces in 2008 Jordan Electronic Logistics Support ‘BMS’ system consists of Commander Video and Data Display and Soldier Unit Allows access and control of UAVs and UGVs including JELS’ Lynx
South Korea
‘Future Soldier’ Concept and development phase. Acquisition from 2016 to field in 2020 ADD leading Applied Research Phase; June 2009 – Dec. 2011 K11 airburst grenade equipped rifle acquired International R&D co-operation sought in Energy Supply, Sensor Fusion and Virtual Simulation
Soldier Advanced Kombat Technology Integrated (SAKTI) Study phase unfunded programme Sapura has made proposal. Army working closely with MOD’s STRIDE (Science, Technology, Research in Defence) Air Force SF acquired RF-7800S Part of Army 2 10 plus 10 strategic development plan
VOSS (Improved Operational Soldier System) Pre-Study Phase completed late 2010. Study Phase to mid 2011. Field from 2014 Smart Vest, power Supply, Load Carriage and Protection Contract for Fokker E-Lighter fuel cell expected over Winter. Raven SUAV award May 2011 Dutch only requirement for 5500 Systems. November RFP for 4000 NVG
Netherlands VOSS 2 Scoping Requirements Includes enhancement for SF requirements C7/C8 Assault rifles replaced from 2015 Joined EDA WOLF urban radio work
NORMANS (Norwegian Modular Arctic Network Soldier) Successful C4I trials in Oct. 2008. Further small scale de-risking trials in 2010 Thales, Teleplan and Kongsberg FN Minimi selected in November. All 1900 weapons delivered by 2012. 15 year support Competition for three years of ration packs ongoing. Joining Bold Quest 2011
New Zealand
‘Future Soldier’ Incremental acquisition in similar areas to Land 125 Phase 2B To be awarded Recent SA procurements include MINI N/SEA NVG, PEQ-15 NAD, CNVD-T2 Thermal Sight and PVS II Sight Cuts in November Defence White Paper
Concept phase To be awarded To be awarded but inc. POF on lethality Prioritising NV and lethality in near term. Acquired Aselsan Python and Boa TI sights Assessing new flamethrower technology. Assessing new load carriage systems
‘Future Soldier’ Procurement under AFP Modernization Law and Battalion of Excellence programme Various suppliers. Recently procured new GPS, Comms, EOD Bomb Suits, AFVs and LMGs Process of procuring Night Vision monocular, Infra-red Aiming Devices, Laser Zeroing Device on one per soldier in rifle platoons and Light AT Weapons Primary focus is against persistent secessionist and communist movements
Tytan/Polish Individual Battlesystem Three-phase R&D stage begin 2011. Trials four different technology demonstrators in 2013. New version in 2015 and 2017-18. Fielding from 2020 Expected to be led by Bumar Will use R35010 personal radio and MSBS-5.56 weapons family $13.2m award for 33,333 helmets 2011-18 from Maskpol in April. BMS for EU Weimar BG to be used in Tytan
Portugal Soldado do Futuro Experimentation from 2008. Next phase post 2012 To be awarded Pandur deliveries rescheduled Bid process was expected to begin in 2011-12
Romania Romanian Individual Fighting System (RIFS) Initial trial with demonstrator To be awarded 60 MaxxPro Dash MRAPs for Afghanistan Harmonised with EDA CEDS. Using the Quandtum3D Expedition DI systems with VBS2
‘Future Soldier System’ Def. Min. announced in Feb. talks to acquire several FELIN sets TBC Sets to be used in trails to develop Russian requirements First Deputy Defense Ministry Vladimir Popovkin indicated Russian system to be ready by 2020
Vojnik Budocnosti-10 (Future Soldier-10) Study Phase Yugoimport SPDR product M21BS-v10 5.56mm& M77 7.62mm weapons, new PBB VB-10 body armour and uniform Trials near Belgrade of squad, platoon and company using 15 VB-10 systems
Singapore Advanced Combat Man System (ACMS) ACMS delivered to first battalion in 2009 ST Engineering, ST Electronics, ST Kinetics and DSTA Expected to complete in 2012 Further R&D work on rationalising legacy equipment notably NVG, navigation and security
Combatiente Futuro (ComFut) Design and Development Phase with 36 systems concludes November. Production phase planned from 2011 planned. Additional phase for further testing expected instead Cassidian prime contractor plus Indra Sistemas, Iturri, Amopack SL, Fedur and GMV No decision yet on post Design & Development Phase plan Full systems weighs 45Kg. Night vision, binoculars and C4I potentially fielded in Afghanistan
Slovakia Prokrocily Individualny Bojovy System (PIBS) Last ten man squad trials in 2009. Funding halted after Concept Development and Experimentation Phase. Original plan was to equip brigade from 2012 Magic Corporation plus Cassidian, Thales and H&K for trials using ‘IdZ-1/BS’ equipment Fielded new load carriage systems and personal protection including Helmet New assault rifle from 2017
Slovenia 21st Century Warrior or Slovenian Warrior Pre-study phase 1998, Study phase 1999-2005 procurement from 2002 Various suppliers New small arms throughout Est. cost €18.000 per soldier
South Africa African Warrior Requirement Operational Capability was approved in 1999 Functional User Requirement Statement and the Logistic User Requirement in 2003 Project Study Report and the Customer Selection 2004. Now phased procurement To be awarded Recent acquisition in night vision, communications and navigation R4 replacement in long term
Sri Lanka
Special Infantry Operations Team (SIOT) Continuation of counter-LTTE strategy Various suppliers Requirement for additional NV sights and navigation equipment per Team and two new under barrel GLs per team The SIOT were developed as a concept by the infantry to fight and defeat the LTTE in sub conventional, guerrilla and counter insurgency warfare
IMESS (Integriertes Modulares Einsatzsystem Schweizer Soldat) Sept-Oct 2008: Field trials Since Nov 2008. Planning of maturation phase Spring 2011. Field trials 2011 and qualification acquisition of a further 100 system. 2015/16 – first series production Cassidian & Sagem selected as prime contractor November 2007 Contract for 25 IMESS prototypes with options for maturation and series production of 100 – 5000 systems SwFr.20m award in March for advanced production engineering upgrading existing systems to production standard and adding more systems Use of Warrior21TM PowerController enables a wide range of energy sources to be connected in order to secure a constant power supply
MARKUS Markstridsutrustad Soldat (Swedish Project for Development and Acquisition of Equipment for Foot Soldiers) Plans finalised in 2010. Integrated Capability for MARKUS V1 from 2014. New small arms family from 2017 To be awarded Dec. 2010 award I2 Monocular NV Devices from Theon Sensors. Competition for 10,000 CBRNE suits began April OC Ejectors, OC Riot, 12 Gauge Non Lethal Impact ammunition and 40 mm Non Lethal Impact round acquired in March
Thailand SFT 21 Concept phase To be awarded Acquired Tavor in 2007 Infantry operate ITL Mini SEAS NVG
‘Future Soldier’ Concept phase To be awarded Fielding PRC-9651 hand-held SDR at squad level Aselsan demos ‘BATUR’ Dismounted BMS at IDEF in May
United Kingdom
4 Rifles taking 1a kit to Kenya for exercise in June SISTA-era element already deployed Training period, deployment to Afghanistan 2011. SISTA-era element already deployed Thales PCMO for Assessment Phase. FIST IA equipment sourced from ELCAN, Shield, Qioptiq, Uniscope, Vectronix, Olympus and Istec DS3 programme worth £660m to 2015. Casualty Locator Beacon UOR award imminent. CLR still going through its design review process. May award for 190 7-9Kg 7.62mm LMGs from FN LRF based solution for UGL decision point towards the end of 2011
United Kingdom FIST 2 New home for FIST 1B from 2015 Currently Thales PCMO Major R&D thrust on burden reduction Part of System Integration epoch
United States
Marine Expeditionary Rifle Squad (MERS) Continuing Soldier as a System approach Various Suppliers Via MEP new the grip pod on e M16 A4, new flashlight and later this year new pack New anthropometry database issued in Feb. Marine Corps Load Effects Assessment Programme ongoing
United States
Nett Warrior LUT in November 2010. Downselect to one or two contractor(s) was expected in March 2011. Delays pushing Milestone C/LRIP past scheduled 3Q 2011 Rockwell Collins, Raytheon and General Dynamics Significant power testing as part of LUT sidebars Initial requirement for 20,511 systems in first five years of production
United States Land Warrior Development complete General Dynamics C4 Systems 1-25 Stryker BCT completed its network training. The 4th battalion 5th Special Forces Group began training in November Legacy ‘Manchu’ equipment used widely in FCS/E-IBCT work
United States
Air Warrior Began 2003. Increment 3 now completing delivery Includes BAE Systems, Westwind Technologies, Carleton Technologies, Med-Eng Systems, Raytheon, Secure Communication Systems, Telephonics, General Dynamics C4S and Science and Engineering Services Fielding Survival Kit Ready Access Modular, Dual EDM and Encrypted Aircraft Wireless Intercom System in FY11 Equips every UH-60 Blackhawk A, L and M in the fleet and the CH-47 D and F Chinook
United States
Air Soldier Contract award for Air Soldier Inc 1a is expected in 2011 IOC FY13 Helmet. Sub-Increment 1b FY 16 IOC). Sub-Increment 1c FY 19 IOC To be awarded Air soldier goals: Reduce bulk and weight. Integrate Aviation Life Support Equipment. Improved operations in degraded visual environments. Increase operations in full MOPP and extreme temperatures Final sub-increment of Air Soldier focuses on the full integration of Air Soldier capabilities with a net weight reduction of approx. 25 lbs
United States
Mounted Warrior/ Mounted Soldier System Inc 1 Contracts in 2005. 165 systems deployed with 4th Battalion 9th Infantry Regiment in Iraq in 2007-8 General Dynamics C4 Systems and Microvision Increment I provided the Mounted Warrior Helmet-Mounted Display Became MSS Increment I
United States
Mounted Soldier Systems Inc. 2 EMD phase awarded May 2009. LUT Summer 2011. Est. MS C in 4Q2011 Rockwell Collins, Thales Comms Inc. MSS will cover HMD, Cordless Comms, Microclimate cooling and Soldier force protection Will initially equip M1-A2 SEP V2, M2-A3 Bradley, M3-A3 Bradley and M113 Medical Evacuation Variant vehicles
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