Following its selection as the preferred solution for the Canadian Forces Integrated Soldier System (ISS) project last year, Rheinmetall Canada (Booth 1121) is conducting full qualification of its Argus Soldier System ahead of production and initial deliveries to the Canadian Armed Forces at the end of 2016.
The ISS is a suite of military equipment developed to enhance the effectiveness and protection of frontline Canadian infantrymen on the modern battle field.
Two sets of trials of the system were conducted with Argus during the ISS project bid evaluation process – an initial small technical evaluation, and a longer six-week user appreciation performance evaluation with the Royal Canadian Regiment.
The Argus Soldier System comprises a hand-held tactical user interface with battle management so ware (BMS) supplied by Saab, a Harris 7800S tactical soldier radio, a Saab connection hub, a control unit, a headset with active noise reduction earphones supplied by Invisio of Denmark, and high-capacity batteries.
The Harris 7800S tactical radio provides simultaneous voice and data communication and has an integrated global positioning system (GPS) capability. The BMS performs all required battle management functions through easily navigable and intuitive menus.
The connection hub provides a high level of connectivity between multiple battery packs and provides data and power interface ports for connecting the system components and external devices. The bone conduction microphone of the headset provides outstanding capability to communicate efficiently, even in the noisiest environments.
High-capacity batteries fit in standard pouches and can provide autonomy for more than 36 hours of operation. The whole system is incorporated in a lightweight integrated cable management vest.
The Canadian Department of Defense (DoD) has signed for an initial quantity of 1,632 units, with deliveries to the customer in batches of 600 scheduled to run through to mid-2017.
Under this initial contract, the DoD has an option to acquire an additional 2,512 units, along with a potential contract award for product support, which could provide for a total contract value of C$250 million.