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  • Multinational Joint Camp Protection
    Posted by Nicholas Fiorenza 5:30 PM on Mar 03, 2010

    The European Defence Agency (EDA) has awarded a Rheinmetall consortium of German and French companies a contract to produce a demonstrator system for protecting military assets and installations in multinational operations, Rheinmetall announced today. The Franco-German Future Interoperability of Camp Protection Systems (FICAPS) project aims to develop a common system architecture linking semi-static and mobile protection systems for the multinational joint protection of co-located sections, camps and critical infrastructure.

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    Germany and France are working on national programmes to develop systems for protecting military camps and semi-static bases and in 2005 launched a bilateral project to promote European interoperability of these systems. At the end of last year, the Bundesamt für Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung (BWB), Germany's Federal Agency for Defense Technology and Procurement, awarded a consortium led by Rheinmetall and including Thales Defence Deutschland and Diehl BGT Defence a project engineering contract to build the prototype of a fully networked camp protection system, which will be demonstrated this year.

    FICAPS is classified as an ad hoc category 2 project in the EDA’s 2010 work plan approved by the agency’s steering board at the end of last year. Rheinmetall said FICAPS will draw on national assets to implement a European protection system demonstrator with interoperable capabilities for defending facilities such as forward operating bases.

    The consortium has three years to develop the FICAPS demonstrator. The contract award follows completion of the three-year, €8 million preparation and harmonization phase.

    Tags: ar99, EDA, Rheinmetall

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