Armasuisse, the Swiss defence procurement authority, has awarded a contract to Cassidian for advanced production engineering of the integrated and modular engagement system for the Swiss soldier (IMESS) programme.

Under the CHF20m ($21.5m) contract, Cassidian will upgrade the existing systems to production standard and supplement the same with production-ready IMESS soldier systems.

The company will also equip the tactical military vehicle Duro and the armoured assault vehicle Piranha and their integration into the IMESS network.

The advanced production engineering contract will modify several capabilities of the Warrior21 IMESS version, equipping it with highly efficient and powerful components.

The system can be easily fitted into the Swiss Army joint reconnaissance, command and action forces.