Cassidian wins S₣20m Swiss defence contract for soldier modernisation programme

  • Cassidian IMESS
    Cassidian IMESS

    Significant capability enhancement, future viability and modularity in the infantry sector

  • CASSIDIAN’s Warrior21TM product significantly boosts the advanced development of international soldier modernisation programmes.
  • CASSIDIAN is the new name of the Defence & Security division of EADS.

March 2011 – Cassidian has won a contract from the Swiss defence procurement authority Armasuisse for the advanced production engineering of the IMESS programme (Integrated and Modular Engagement System for the Swiss Soldier). The volume of this order is in excess of 20 million Swiss francs. Switzerland expects Cassidian Warrior21™ product to deliver significant capability enhancement, future viability and modularity in the infantry sector.

It will give the Swiss Army one of the world’s most powerful advanced soldier systems. It will fit smoothly into the Swiss Army joint reconnaissance, command and action forces. It can also be integrated with systems already in use.

IMESS prototypes based on Warrior 21TM have been proving their worth since 2007 in numerous field tests and in presentations to high-ranking representatives of the Swiss Army. The present contract takes this experience as a basis for upgrading the existing systems to production standard and supplementing them with further, production-ready IMESS soldier systems. To ensure command-and-control capability on high-mobilityoperations, the contract also provides for the equipping of combat vehicles – including the tactical military vehicle DURO and the armoured assault vehicle PIRANHA – and their integration into the IMESS network.

The advanced production engineering contract will optimise various capabilities of the Warrior21TM IMESS version by employing more efficient and powerful components, many of which are dedicated new developments. It addresses tactical command-and-control capabilities from company level to individual soldier level, covering combat vehicles, the use of optimised communication media, a significantly improved weight and energy balance through the deployment of new and/or optimised components, enhanced situational awareness and navigation through the use of head/helmet mounted displays, and better night fighting and reconnaissance capabilities through such means as navigation aids and video streaming of night weapon sights (optronics).

A considerably more powerful and energy-efficient ‘electronic backbone’ with reduced components and reliable cables and connectors is being integrated to handle the heavy loads encountered in infantry operation scenarios. The Warrior21TM PowerController enables a wide range of energy sources to be connected in order to secure a constant power supply. Thanks to its modular architecture, Warrior21TM provides numerous standard interfaces to sensors, as well as modules for link-up with external systems.

With its Warrior 21TM product and its continuous research and development investment in the area of future soldier systems, Cassidian is significantly promoting the advanced development of international soldier modernisation programmes.

Cassidian, an EADS company, is a worldwide leader in global security solutions and systems, providing Lead Systems Integration and value-added products and services to civil and military customers around the globe: air systems (aircraft and unmanned aerial systems), land, naval and joint systems, intelligence and surveillance, cyber security, secure communications, test systems, missiles, services and support solutions. In 2009, Cassidian – with around 28,000 employees – achieved revenues of € 5.4 billion. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2009, the Group – comprising the Divisions Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 42.8 billion and employed a workforce of more than 119,000.

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