19 Jun 2012

"Future Soldier – Expanded System": Rheinmetall to supply the Bundeswehr with cutting-edge "Gladius" infantry equipment

The Rheinmetall Group of Düsseldorf has been awarded a contract to supply the German Bundeswehr with state-of-the-art infantry equipment. A contract to this effect has now been signed at the Federal Agency for Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB) in Koblenz. The order is worth approximately €50 million and includes an option for roughly €80 million in additional systems, which is expected to be exercised at the beginning of 2013.

German units due to deploy to Afghanistan in 2013 and 2014 will be the first to receive the new equipment. Specially developed by Rheinmetall on behalf of the Bundeswehr, it is the most advanced system of its kind anywhere. Delivery will be complete by the end of 2013.

This forward-looking system is an important step in the process of providing German infantry troops with significantly improved capabilities in current and future deployments.

Rheinmetall was awarded a contract back in 2009 to develop a pre-series demonstrator version of the Gladius system for the Bundeswehr.

A prominent feature of Gladius is a holistic design approach that takes full account of the complex operational requirements levied on modern soldier systems. It is intended first and foremost to bring the 10-man infantry section and its vehicle into the network-enabled operational loop.

This network, consisting of reconnaissance, command and control components, and weapons, enables rapid exchange of information as well as shared situational awareness as the basis for planning and conducting operations. The individual soldier receives all relevant data concerning the tactical situation, the position of friendly forces, the mission, and system status.

More than just the sum of its parts, the Gladius system places Bundeswehr infantrymen on the global cutting edge, putting them ahead of their peers in terms of networking capabilities, command and control, and operational efficiency.

Rheinmetall AG

Oliver Hoffmann
Head of Press and Public Relations
Rheinmetall Platz 1
40476 Düsseldorf
Germany
Phone: +49 211 473-4748
Fax: +49 211 473-4157

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