Rheinmetall’s Gladius 2.0 soldier system saw its debut at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017. This latest version of Gladius results from broader export requirements than the Future Soldier - Expanded System (Infanterist der Zukunft - Erweitertes System: IdZ-ES) in service with the Bundeswehr, Stefan Wöstefeld, vice-president and head of sales, soldier, and network solutions, in Rheinmetall Defence Electronics’ mission equipment unit, told Jane’s . These requirements are for flexibility and modularity, he explained.
There are three versions of Gladius: light, basic, and advanced. The light version consists of communications equipment and a headset, and the basic version has a hub with a display instead of the electronic back of IdZ-ES.