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Selex has been awarded two con­tracts worth €60m for the sup­ply of SWave soft­ware de­fined ra­dios (SDR) and tac­ti­cal mo­bil­ity night vi­sion gog­gles (TM-NVG) for the Ital­ian Army’s Soldato Fu­turo pro­gramme. Un­der the first con­tract, the com­pany will sup­ply 2,726 ra­dio SDR hand-helds to the Ital­ian Army’s light in­fantry troops. This first batch is part of the lot en­vis­aged for the next five to six years. The sec­ond con­tract cov­ers de­liv­ery of 2,726 TM-NVGs, a third-gen­er­a­tion binoc­u­lar de­vice de­signed to pro­vide ad­vanced equip­ment for the noc­tur­nal tac­ti­cal mo­bil­ity of the Fu­ture Sol­dier. The Swave ra­dio is said to be ca­pa­ble of host­ing var­i­ous wave forms in­ter­op­er­a­ble with both ex­ist­ing and fu­ture sys­tems, which per­mits the re­al­i­sa­tion of ef­fec­tive economies of scale for the cus­tomer, with re­gard to lo­gis­ti­cal sup­port. De­signed to dis­play all the in­for­ma­tion and map data pro­vided by the com­mand and con­trol (C2) sys­tem on the eye-piece, the TM-NVG is also fit­ted with an in­te­grated cam­era that can re­turn the ob­served scene to the C2 sys­tem. Hard­ware and soft­ware de­vel­op­ments are ex­pected to pro­vide additional func­tions and in­di­vid­ual nav­i­ga­tion ca­pa­bil­ity to the sol­dier to fur­ther en­hance their mo­bil­ity in low-vis­i­bil­ity con­di­tions. The TM-NVG is also in­te­grated in the NIMOS night mo­bil­ity sys­tem, 558 units of which are cur­rently be­ing sup­plied by Selex to the Ital­ian Army as part of the Forza NEC pro- gramme. Jointly de­vel­oped by Selex and the Ital­ian Army, the Soldato Fu­turo pro­gramme seeks com­plete a mod­erni­sa­tion of Ital­ian soldiers’ sys­tems and equip­ment, thereby align­ing their op­er­at­ing ca­pac­i­ties with cur­rent and fu­ture sce­nar­ios re­quire­ments.

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