Cassidian (formerly EADS Defence & Security) has won a contract worth more than 20 million Swiss francs ($21.5 million) from the Swiss defense procurement authority Armasuisse for the advanced production engineering of the IMESS program (Integrated and Modular Engagement System for the Swiss Soldier).
IMESS prototypes based on Warrior 21 have been tested since 2007 in numerous field tests and in presentations to the Swiss Army. The contract will build on this basis to upgrade existing systems to production standard and also provides for the equipping of combat vehicles – including the tactical military vehicle DURO and the armored assault vehicle Piranha – and their integration into the IMESS network.
The advanced production engineering contract addresses tactical command-and-control capabilities from company level to individual soldier level, covering combat vehicles, the use of optimized communication media, a significantly improved weight and energy balance through the deployment of new and/or optimized components, enhanced situational awareness and navigation through the use of head/helmet mounted displays, and better night fighting and reconnaissance capabilities through such means as navigation aids and video streaming of night weapon sights (optronics).
A considerably more powerful and energy-efficient ‘electronic backbone’ with reduced components and reliable cables and connectors will be integrated into the system. Cassidian does not say when the system will be delivered.