French Army to Deploy New Soldier System

16 February 2011 (Last Updated February 16th, 2011 18:30)

The 1st Infantry Regiment training zone of the French Army has successfully completed the six-week technical orientation phase of a high-tech integrated equipment suite, FELIN, for French troops. FELIN, developed by Sagem as part of an overall soldier modernisation programme, will further

The 1st Infantry Regiment training zone of the French Army has successfully completed the six-week technical orientation phase of a high-tech integrated equipment suite, FELIN, for French troops.

FELIN, developed by Sagem as part of an overall soldier modernisation programme, will further undergo the service entry and tactical integration phase followed by deployment in foreign theaters by the end 2011.

The system is equipped with a tactical vest that includes an individual radio with integrated GPS, a miniature terminal that displays data, orders, positions of fellow troops, and images from gun sights for round-the-corner firing.

The rifle's handgrip is fitted with a keyboard to control the vital FELIN functions, radio and sight, while holding the weapon and engaging the target.

The company is also providing training sessions to the French soldiers before it can be used under operational conditions.

About 22,600 French soldiers will be equipped with FELIN systems by 2015.