Rheinmetall supporting highly flexible, highly mobile infantry forces
At Indodefence 2016, Rheinmetall is emphasising the company’s ability to integrate dismounted troops into networked-enabled operations, having already producing the modular Future Soldier – Expanded System (dubbed GLADIUS by Rheinmetall) on behalf of the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr), as well as various systems and component solutions for other NATO partners. In July 2015, the Canadian government contracted with Rheinmetall to start the qualification phase of the Canadian Army’s Integrated Soldier System (ISS). From individual components to integrated systems based on operational requirements and doctrines, Rheinmetall offers flexible and scalable technology, a wide variety of command and control (C2) and display solutions, different levels of integration as well as variable vehicle integration, including Rheinmetall or third-party hardware and software.
Rheinmetall Defence has longstanding experience and expertise in networked-enabled operations and system integration, developing seamless C2 system architectures based on international standards – from the individual rifleman up to brigade-level command posts – essential for implementing soldier modernistion programmes.
Advanced technologies make a major contribution to improving the five main capabilities of modern warfare: Protection, lethality, command and control as well as mobility and sustainment. Rheinmetall’s goal is a well-protected soldier, equipped with integrated weapons, with a clear picture of the tactical situation and reliable means of communication. Rheinmetall soldier systems improve performance in all five capability areas without overburdening the individual rifleman. The system is modular, resulting in reduced volume, weight and power consumption. This ensures greater operational flexibility and the ability to quickly adapt to new situations and mission requirements. The equipment is easy to use even under harsh conditions and in stressful combat situations when performance and low weight are paramount.