Battlefield Management Systems are the key to true Soldier ModernisationJean-Michel Petitjean, DGA/DT/ETAS, French MoD is ...
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Battlefield Management Systems are the key to true Soldier Modernisation

  1. 1. Battlefield Management Systems are the key to true Soldier ModernisationJean-Michel Petitjean, DGA/DT/ETAS, French MoD is a Battlefield Management Systems Expert,working on integrated soldier systems for the modernisation of dismounted soldier equipment,allowing them to be simultaneously in radio contact with other BMS and his FELIN subordinatesmid-mission. He spoke to us ahead of his presentation "Maintaining the Data Link BetweenSoldiers" at Soldier Technology 2011:What is your role in DGA?I am an expert advisor, assisting the program managers of DGA on technical problems involvingdifferent Battlefield Management Systems (BMS) integrated in vehicles or for soldiers, at everystep of the project, from the requirement to qualification.Why is so much emphasis being put on battlefield management right now?Improved battlefield management capacity will give an advantage to the French Army. It allowsthe army to enhance the decision process, to elaborate on the right orders and to reduce mutuallethality. The equipment of vehicles and soldiers in BMS allows the command to betterunderstand the real situation of the deployed forces. In the context of the SCORPION program, anew step has to be completed: to move away from simple digitisation to information valorisationand analysis, bringing a new dimension to BMS in terminal units : BMS is not only a tacticalsituation indicator, but is also used in coordinated functions.Why has FELIN been so well received by French soldiers?FELIN program brings to the soldier new capacities and allows the soldier to improve someexisting capacities.It is said that the digital architecture in FELIN is very advanced, what is your role in connecting toit?The FELIN system uses many different technologies, because it includes many systems, alloperating differently. The role of the BMS expert is to integrate the BMS into FELIN in the way thatbest promotes the capabilities brought by the system.Where do you feel investment in digital soldiers will move next and why?The main goal is to increase connectivity between disembarked soldier and the forces in vehicles.What do you hope to share at the upcoming Soldier Technology conference?Im interested in getting reliable information concerning the technical solutions and requirementsfor soldier modernisation programmes in foreign countries.Jean-Michel Petitjean will be speaking at Soldier Technology 2011 on "Maintaining the Data LinkBetween Soldiers" and will appear in the panel discussion "Strategies to Improve Data Sharing toEnsure the Right Information Reaches the Right Soldier at the Right Time". To download the fullbrochure or for more information visit soldiertechnology.com

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