French defense electronics firm Sagem Defense Security has embraced vetronics (vehicle electronics) as a key line of business. At the recent Eurosatory show the company unveiled its Vetronics solution for the ubiquitous VAB 6x6 armored wheeled vehicle built by Renault Trucks Defense.
French infantry troops equipped with Sagem-supplied Felin soldier modernisation kits in a VAB vehicle equipped with Sagem's Vetronics solution. Photo: Joris Janssen Lok
According to the company, the VAB-upgrade Vetronics suite provides an integrated range of advanced capabilities, including situational awareness for crew members and mounted soldiers; integrated survivability, lethality and communications; as well as operational support to and real-time contact with dismounted soldiers outside the vehicle.
The last aspect includes an integrated personal radio in the vehicle (for voice messages, images, video), communication and information for mounted/dismounted operations, imagery support from the vehicle to the dismounted soldier personal display and back to the vehicle; and blue force tracking, says Sagem.
"The suite transforms the armored personnel carrier and its squad of a soldiers to a true network-enabled entity in which vehicle and dismounted soldiers operate as one cohesive unit, in close coordination with the other vehicles and squads in the platoon and above," Sagem says.