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EADS Future Soldier System protects German troops in Afghanistan

Hammelburg/Germany, 01 July 2004

EADS will equip 150 soldiers of the German ISAF contingent in Afghanistan with the new future soldier system known as "Infanterist der Zukunft" (IdZ) (“Infantryman of the future”) thus considerably enhancing the protection of the individual soldier during dangerous operations.

As the company announced on Thursday, the Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement has awarded EADS Defence Electronics an order (total value of approx. EUR 10 mn.) for the delivery of 15 IdZ systems, each one for 10 soldiers. Due to substantial investment by industry, the first system has been handed over to the Army Inspector, General Hans-Otto Budde, on 1 July 2004 at the Hammelburg Infantry School. It is also planned to equip further infantry units with the IoF system.

“The future soldier system is geared towards an integrated systems approach, which combines aspects of self-protection, communication, orientation/navigation and weaponry,” Bernhard Gerwert, Head of EADS Defence Electronics, explained. “In this way, the IdZ system demonstrates what improvements in performance can be made as regards the protection of soldiers, information superiority and effectiveness in active service, with the use of new technologies in network centric operations.”

EADS Defence Electronics, leading the consortium of the “Projekthaus System Soldat” (System Soldier Project House) and the Bundeswehr, has devised a new equipment concept for infantrymen under the title “Infantryman of the Future”. Not only does the individual infantryman have a bullet-proof vest made of modern materials and atomic, biological and chemical (ABC) protection incorporating state-of-the-art technology, but also night vision equipment, a digital navigation and communication device with GPS and tactical speech and data communication as well as improved weapons.

EADS Defence Electronics, supplier of radar, avionics and electronic warfare systems, among other aircraft equips Eurofighter, the A400M transport aircraft as well as the Tiger and NH90 helicopters. Furthermore, the Business Unit provides subsystems for land-based defence systems and naval vessels. Defence Electronics is an integrated part of the EADS Defence and Security Systems Division (DS). DS, with revenues of over € 5.2 billion in 2003 and roughly 24,000 employees in nine nations, forms the defence pole within EADS. It offers integrated systems solutions to the new challenges confronting armed and homeland security forces. It is active in the areas of military aircraft, missile systems, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems with manned and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Battlefield Management Systems, defence electronics, sensors and avionics, and related services. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2003, EADS generated revenues of over € 30 billion and employed a workforce of more than 109,000.

Press contact
Lothar Belz
EADS Defence Electronics
Tel.: +49 (731) 392-3681

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