More mobile, more effective, better protected
Equipment for light infantry
In today's rapidly transforming armed forces, the infantryman continues to play a central role in new operational scenarios. His mission spectrum is extremely complex, calling for capabilities enabling high-mobility operations in difficult, unfamiliar terrain, even when dismounted.
Increasingly often, the infantryman has to operate in urban areas and under extreme climatic conditions. He has to contend with new asymmetric threats, and frequently faces attacks from irregular forces.
Moreover: infantry in modern airmobile and other special operations have to be able to carry out a multiplicity of highly diverse missions. This doesn't just require new force structures; it requires modern equipment specifically tailored to the task.
Advanced technologies can make a major contribution to improving the survivability, C4I capabilities, sustainability, mobility and lethality of modern military operations. Our aim is a wellprotected soldier, equipped with robust weapons, a clear view of the tactical situation and reliable means of communication.
The important thing: providing the troops with an open infantry system based on modular combat equipment and delivering enhanced performance and reduced weight. And it isn't just with regard to weight that we need to avoid overburdening the soldier: equipment should be easy to use even under tough field conditions.
A modular design ensures operational flexibility and the ability to adapt to new situations and mission requirements. Moreover, modular equipment can be used in multiple ways–including by other branches of the military.
Meeting the infantry's need for high mobility requires an armed, airportable vehicle. An essential component of the total system: it can be armoured to improve the survivability of its occupants, and equipped with additional weapons for enhanced lethality.
As a means of transport, it increases operational sustainability, enabling troops to carry more equipment while ensuring communications with the next higher echelon as well as a network centric warfare capability. Naturally, diverse missions and a high degree of specialization call for the deployment of various vehicle systems.
Rheinmetall – The leading soldier system house
From individual components to integrated systems based on operational requirements and doctrines, Rheinmetall offers flexible and scalable technology, a wide variety of command and control and display solutions, different levels of integration as well as variable vehicle integration, including Rheinmetall or third-party hardware and software.
Rheinmetall Defence has longstanding experience and expertise in networked-enabled operations and system integration. In particular, the Group’s ability to develop seamless C2 system architectures based on international standards – from the individual rifleman up to brigade-level command posts – is essential for implementing soldier modernization programmes.
Advanced technologies make a major contribution to improving the five main capabilities of modern warfare – protection, lethality, command and control as well as mobility and sustainment. Rheinmetall’s goal is a well-protected soldier, equipped with integrated weapons, with a clear picture of the tactical situation and reliable means of communication.
The Rheinmetall soldier systems improve performance in all five capability areas without overburdening the individual rifleman. The system is modular, resulting in reduced volume, weight and power consumption. This ensures greater operational flexibility and the ability to quickly adapt to new situations and mission requirements. The equipment is easy to use even under harsh conditions and in stressful combat situations when performance and low weight are paramount.
As a globally leading developer and supplier of soldier systems, Rheinmetall can point to abundant experience in this field: the Group is already producing the modular Future Soldier - Extended System (Gladius) on behalf of the German Bundeswehr, as well as various systems and component solutions for other NATO partners. And in 2015 Rheinmetall’s Argus soldier system was contracted for the Canadian Forces’ Integrated Soldier System Project (ISS), another example of Rheinmetall’s flexible soldier systems solutions.
Rheinmetall Defence: Cutting edge technology for light infantry operations
Building on a long, proud tradition of innovative competence, Rheinmetall Defence is Europe's leading supplier of systems for ground forces, offering a wide array of armoured vehicles, weapons, ammunition, reconnaissance technology and network-enabled capabilities, including
- Communications systems
- Armoured transport vehicles
- Command vehicles
- Reconnaissance vehicles
- Combat vehicles
- Sensors and optics
- Weapon systems
- Pyrotechnic products
- Training systems
all meticulously designed to meet the special requirements of light infantry forces.
In addition, Rheinmetall Defence offers a wide range of training resources and instruction systems: the spectrum extends from a company-owned major training area to sophisticated training simulators. Responding to the increasing prevalence of military operations in urban terrain (Mout), Rheinmetall has developed a mobile training system to teach troops the skills they need in order to fight in towns and cities. Enabling highly realistic training, this system also offers the possibility of in-depth evaluation of exercises and after action briefings.