A Rheinmetall-led consortium has won a request for proposals (RfPs) for the generic open soldier systems reference architecture (GOSSRA) project.

Financed by the EU’s European Defence Union, the new GOSSRA project will see the consortium carrying out preliminary studies in order to develop open-reference architecture as the basis of EU-wide standardised soldier systems.

As part of the project, preliminary research will be conducted on electronics, voice and data communication, software solutions, man-machine interfaces, sensors and effectors.

The GOSSRA project helps enhance interoperability during joint operations carried out by forces from different EU member nations.

“We are very pleased that our proposal has met with success in this early phase of the formation of the European Defence Union.”

Rheinmetall Group EU and Nato Affairs Brussels Representative Office head Dr Thomas Weise said: “We are very pleased that our proposal has met with success in this early phase of the formation of the European Defence Union.

“It gives added momentum to our strategy of expanding the group’s EU-themed activities in Brussels in pursuit of further EU projects aimed at strengthening Europe’s strategic autonomy with regard to security and defence policy.”

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The consortium comprises soldier systems companies, including Rheinmetall, from nine different EU member states.

The companies are Indra and GMV Aerospace and Defence of Spain, Leonardo and Larimart from Italy, the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research TNO, Poland-based iTTi, Portuguese firm Tekever ASDS and Sweden’s Saab.

Rheinmetall had manufactured the German Bundeswehr’s IdZ-ES soldier system, the Canadian military’s Argus system and the Gladius 2.0.