Fu­ture Sol­dier from Rhein­metall on the move


Rhein­metall for­mally trans­ferred its new IdZ-ES fu­ture sol­dier sys­tem to the Ger­man Bun­deswehr re­cently. Short for “In­fan­ter­ist der Zukunft – Er­weit­ertes Sys­tem” or “Fu­ture Sol­dier – Ex­panded Sys­tem”, IdZ-ES is also known as the “Gla­dius”.

The han­dover cer­e­mony co­in­cided with the 10th Ar­moured Di­vi­sion’s tra­di­tional “In­ter­na­tional Di­vi­sion Ski­ing Cham­pi­onship” at Ruh­pold­ing in Up­per Bavaria. Bodo Garbe, mem­ber of the Ex­ec­u­tive Board of Rhein­metall De­fence, sym­bol­i­cally handed over the Gla­dius to Lt Gen­eral Bruno Kas­dorf, Chief of Staff of the Ger­man Army, and Har­ald Stein, Pres­i­dent of the Fed­eral Of­fice of Bun­deswehr Equip­ment, In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy and In-Ser­vice Sup­port (BAAINBw).

“The new IdZ-ES is an orig­i­nal, com­pre­hen­sive, in­no­va­tive so­lu­tion. For the first time ever, it proved pos­si­ble to im­ple­ment an en­tirely new de­sign for a sol­dier sys­tem and get it to the troops. Thanks to Gla­dius, as we call it at Rhein­metall, Ger­man in­fantry­men can now play an ac­tive role in net­work-en­abled war­fare”, de­clared Bodo Garbe.

Garbe went on to note that “the avail­abil­ity and flow of in­for­ma­tion on the bat­tle­field are at least as im­por­tant as fire­power, pro­tec­tion and mo­bil­ity.

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