Rheinmetall has presented a first complete concept for the third generation of the German Bundeswehr’s Future Soldier – Expanded System, or IdZ-ES. The presentation was the initial outcome of a study contract awarded to Rheinmetall in March 2021. The purpose of the study is to examine and evaluate potential improvements for the IdZ-ES version of the already in service with the Bundeswehr, with the objective of generating a concept for a third generation IdZ-ES soldier system.
The concept is to reveal potential implementation risks, cost drivers and the degree of maturity of a mission-oriented system. It will serve the Bundeswehr as a basis for preparing solution proposals for the procurement of a third generation IdZ-ES. The study is to be complete by 30 May 2022. Depending on the outcome, it could result in another significant contract for Rheinmetall, as the Bundeswehr has a continuing need for advanced digital soldier systems.
The study encompasses seven work packages, which together comprise the complete IdZ-ES system. These include the Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) functions, which are being examined regarding planned conformity with the Digitisation of Land-Based Operations (D-LBO) programme. Also being taken into account are:
- the subsystems clothing
- protection and load-bearing equipment
- optics and optronics
- the links to ground vehicles and aircraft
- as weapons and aiming devices
Intermediate reports on the individual topics are to be submitted on 22 November 2021 and 30 May 2022. A final report on all activities covered in the study is also due on 30 May 2022.
Mission Next-Level Weapon Stabilisation – Tailor-Made Meets ModularIn the development and production of military vehicles, time is not only money, but also relative. Years pass from the idea to the first deployment. In turn, vehicles are in service for decades before they need repairs and upgrades.