German integrated technology group Rheinmetall has agreed to supply an additional 1,256 Argus soldier systems to the Canadian Armed Forces.
Valued at $C22m (€14.3m), the order will be delivered next year.
This comes after the Canadian Armed Forces exercised options under the Integrated Soldier System Project (ISSP) to purchase additional Rheinmetall Argus soldier systems.
Rheinmetall initially received a contract to begin the qualification phase of the Canadian Army’s Integrated Soldier System (ISS) in 2015.
The company stated that the final production phase of the Argus soldier system is in progress.
Around 1,632 units are expected to be delivered this year under the contract.
Canadian Defence Staff chief General Jonathan Vance noted that Argus soldier system is a tool ‘that will improve situational awareness for the dismounted troops, allowing better command and control and improving their performance and protection’.
He added that the Argus soldier system ‘puts on the soldier or anybody on the ground the ability to understand their environment. Not only is a soldier a sensor but also a receiver of information.’
The Argus soldier system is already in service with the Canadian Armed Forces.
Rheinmetall also provides the Future Soldier – Expanded System (IdZ-ES) to the German Bundeswehr.
According to the company, the systems are designed to bring individual infantry soldiers, combat vehicles and unmanned systems into the tactical sensor-to-shooter network.
The systems provide a common operational picture that enable informed decision-making at all levels.