Swiss Army

Airbus Defence and Space is to begin series production of the integrated modular engagement system for the Swiss soldier (IMESS).

The IMESS, developed under a 2011 contract worth CHF23m ($25.3m), has already received technical acceptance from the Swiss procurement authority Armasuisse.

It is scheduled to undergo two years of field tests, with Airbus Defence and Space providing logistical support.

By integrating more efficient and newly developed components, the system’s various capabilities have been optimised.

Additionally, through the integration of combat vehicles, including computer and radio connections, the system’s tactical command-and-control capabilities have been improved from company level to individual soldier level.

"The new engagement system is scheduled to undergo two years of field tests, with Airbus Defence and Space providing logistical support."

In addition to optimising radio communication through increased range and new, standardised radio equipment, the IMESS provides a clearer situational picture and enables simpler navigation using head / helmet mounted displays.

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Night fighting and reconnaissance capabilities can also be expanded in order to meet user requirements.

The modular architecture with standard interfaces enables future capabilities to be integrated, including modules for link-up with external systems such as unmanned aircraft, as well as thermal imaging.

Image: The IMESS is scheduled to undergo two years of field tests. Photo: courtesy of Airbus Defence and Space.

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