AUSA 2021: US Army ‘pauses' IVAS programme, fielding on hold
13 October 2021
by Ashley Roque
Earlier this year US soldiers conducted IVAS cold-weather testing at the Army Test and Evaluation Command's Cold Regions Test Center at Fort Greely, Alaska. The service has since ‘paused' the programme. (US Army )
US Army officials have halted plans to field a militarised version of Microsoft's HoloLens 2 augmented reality (AR) system to soldiers, placing a contract worth up to USD21.9 billion in jeopardy,
The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology's (ASAALT's) office paused the service's Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) and is “essentially doing a reset of that programme, figuring out what is the appropriate timeline and where is the technology”, Brigadier General William Glaser, director of the Synthetic Training Environment Cross-Functional Team, told
on 12 October.
Several other army officials confirmed the decision but, as of this writing, ASAALT, Program Executive Officer Soldier, and Army Futures Command offices had not responded to
request for additional information about what sparked the decision and what impact it might have.
German Army to receive additional batch of Future Soldier C2 systems
27 January 2023
by Olivia Savage
The German Army will receive additional IdZ-ES VJTF 2023 solider systems
The variant is based on Rheinmetall's modular Gladius 2.0, showing (l) the CeoTronics CT-MultiPTT 3C central operation and control unit and chest-mounted tablet and (II) the single central hub. This configuration has two radios, suited for a platoon commander.
Rheinmetall is to expand delivering its latest dismounted Future Soldier command-and-control (C2) system to the German Army.
As per a company announcement on 26 January, the German Bundeswehr has contracted Rheinmetall to deliver its ‘Infantryman of the Future – Extended System' (Infanterist der Zukunft: IdZ-ES) to soldiers.
Fourteen ‘IdZ-ES' “platoon systems”, comprising 476 systems in total will be delivered to individual soldiers, the announcement said.
Valued in the mid-double-digit million euro range, the contract was placed in December 2022 after Germany's Bundestag approved a EUR100 billion (USD108 billion) defence fund, the announcement added.
Swedish Army to get new mobile communications platforms
27 January 2023
by Olivia Savage
The Technical High Mobility Shelter is a rapidly deployable C2 system that can be fitted on wheeled or tracked vehicles. (Elbit Systems )
Elbit Systems is to equip the Swedish Armed Forces with new mobile tactical communications stations.
The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) awarded a SEK500 million (USD48.79 million) contract to Elbit Systems Sweden for the supply of its Technical High Mobility Shelters (THMSs) to the Swedish Army, the company announced on 24 January.
Under the contract, the company will develop and deliver two THMS variants – RL HYTT 24A and RL HYTT 24B, the company said.
The stations, which can be installed on both tracked and wheeled platforms, will be delivered to the Swedish Army over a three-year period (2023–25). Optional extensions and lifetime maintenance can be exercised, bringing the total value of the contract to SEK600 million, according to the announcement.
An FMV spokesperson informed
that the Swedish Armed Forces are procuring 80 shelters, with an option to acquire an additional 100 as part of the contract.
Hensoldt will develop a SIGINT pod demonstrator for German Eurodrone MALE UAVs. The collective Eurodrone platform will be developed by Airbus, Leonardo, and Dassault. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)
Hensoldt has been awarded a contract to develop an intelligence capability for the Eurodrone platform.
The German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) awarded a EUR15 million (USD16.3 million) contract to Hensoldt for the development of a signals intelligence (SIGINT) demonstrator for the Eurodrone medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the company announced on 20 January.
The sensor suite will be integrated into a pod for the Eurodrone platform and will be based on the latest “digitisation, electronic beam-steering, and metallic 3D printing” technologies, some of which have already been developed under Hensoldt's ‘Kalaetron' product family, the company said.
A Hensoldt spokesperson confirmed to Janes that the SIGINT sensor suite is intended specifically for the German Eurodrone aircraft.
According to the company, Hensoldt will also develop a system architecture to allow for the integration of the SIGINT capability into the future mission system of the Eurodrone. The SIGINT payload will be capable of networking with other platforms, the company added.