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__CrUsHeR
The Rheinmetall Group formally transferred his new IDZ-ES (Infantariest der Zukunft), the Future Soldier System to the Bundeswehr, on March 7, 2013. The "Infanterist der Zukunft - Erweitertes System" or "Soldier of the Future - Enhanced System 'IDZ-ES is also known as" Gladius ".

The ceremony coincided with the "International Ski Championship" organized by the 10th Armored Division in Ruhpolding, Upper Bavaria. Bodo Garbe, a member of the Executive Board of Rheinmetall Defence, Gladius symbolically handed over to Lieutenant General Bruno Kasdorf, Chief of Staff of the German Army, and Harald Stein, president of Bundeswehr daFederal Office Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw).

"The new IDZ-ES is a solution unique innovative and comprehensive. For the first time, it was possible to implement an entirely new system to a soldier and deliver it to the troops. Gladius Thanks to, as we call it in Rheinmetall, German infantrymen can now play an active role in a network conectadaa for war (network-enabled warfare), "said Bodo Garbe, the official handover ceremony of the system in Inzell, Germany.

The availability and flow of information on the battlefield are at least as important as the protection firepower and mobility. The IDZ-ES automatically provides each soldier with close to real time information.

The Rheinmetall Group, based in Düsseldorf, Germany, won the contract to develop the system IDZ-ES in 2006. The German government has ordered a first batch of 30 systems in 2012, which is being delivered by Rheinmetall according to plan. (Each system is designed to equip a section of 10 men.) Troops now have until June 2013 to practice using new systems before deploying it in Afghanistan.

Rheinmetall received an additional order in January 2013 to provide an additional 60 systems. This order is worth € 84 million Euros and includes equipment for 60 infantry sections, ie 600 soldiers.

Delivery will be in two batches of 30 systems each, the first in mid-2013, the second at the end of the year. This ensures that the next two contingents of the Bundeswehr to Afghanistan that will receive the new equipment in time to become familiar with it.

The Gladius gives the most advanced system Bundeswehr soldier's world. Fielding is an important step in the process of improving the equipment of infantry forces deployed in future operations, thus increasing the survivability of the individual soldier.


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It seems that finally the project "Future Soldier" became a reality, even costing € 84 million Euros, (600 units), the Bundeswehr invested in this daring project to modernize its infantry which confirms the new trends of smaller armies however highly technological and versatile.
Serialkillerwhale
didn't we see this in futureweapons?
MARS
Apparently, the IDZ system also includes a series of man-portable UAVs. Too bad some of our ill-informed politicians will throw a shit-fit about that because for them, every drone is a horrible, civvie-bombing Predator. What's kinda sad about the German military is that we have a lot of highly advanced pieces of equipment at our disposal which we don't actually get to use because they'd make the whole thing look too much like an actual war.

Fun-fact: The first time a German minister of defence actually refered to our involvement in Afghanistan as something that 'could be informally described as war' was as late as 2010.
__CrUsHeR
You talked about Afghanistan and reminded me of something - What became the war against terror? ... It seems that finally the big arms companies found a place 'adequate' to test their weapons. If you have a new drone and need to test it for later sells it, use it in Afghanistan, kill some insurgents and earn profits...

Peripheral countries 'non-aligned' with the policies of NATO has been the target of armaments industries, I noticed a recent case - French Intervention in Mali - the media generally highlighted the performance of the Rafale and Mirage fighters showing their characteristics and capabilities, like a commercial about the selling of a product and the detail is that behind it all there is a mega business in progress with Brazil and South America for the possible sale of this aircraft, just an unfortunate coincidence?

So I always say one thing: - Some governments are at the mercy of policies from the private sector - and countries that do not submit themselves are labeled as "authoritarian governments", "dictatorships"... I'm sorry if this analize came out slightly off topic theme.
Spejjarn
QUOTE (__CrUsHeR @ 12 Mar 2013, 12:17) *
*Citing whole post*


"All you need is..."


QUOTE (MARS @ 13 Mar 2013, 8:54) *
Too bad some of our ill-informed politicians will throw a shit-fit about that because for them, every drone is a horrible, civvie-bombing Predator.

Amen!

I even wrote a letter to the editor of a Swedish environmental newspaper about the one-sided view of drones. It seems that drones are the new nuclear bombs for anti-war activists. Shit, it's the bloody SAME sensors and weapon systems as any manned combat aircraft but with less psychological and physical stress on the operator (pilot).

QUOTE (MARS @ 13 Mar 2013, 8:54) *
Fun-fact: The first time a German minister of defence actually refered to our involvement in Afghanistan as something that 'could be informally described as war' was as late as 2010.

Swedes love to talk about not being in war since 1814, but since 2009 we are in war in Afghanistan. And Swedish forces have seen combat in both Congo in the 60s and the Balkans in the 90s although it been "under UN-flag" and thereby not an act of war.

Fun-fact 2: Since the establishment of UN in 1940s no state has formally and officially DECLARED war with another state.
MARS
^ Right, because that whole 'we declare war upon thee' thing is nowadays defined as a war of aggression and thus technically illegal under international law. Now you have to make up some BS excuses about self-defence from an enemy that can't even touch you, WMDs that don't exist or mutual defence of countries that you duped into a pact solely for the sake of antagonising another.
Talonek
Now we go to war with ideas.

"The War of Terror"

"The War on Drugs"

Yeah, fuck ideas!
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