Heavy soldier equipment is putting troops' lives at risk

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Heavy soldier equipment is putting troops at risk. Soldier modernisation professionals need to develop lightweight equipment that lightens the load and reduces the soldiers burden

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Heavy soldier equipment is putting troops' lives at risk

  1. 1. Heavy soldier equipment is putting troops lives at riskWorldwide Business Research Ltd, January 19, 2011Research over the last 12 months with soldier modernisation and NATO programmemanagers shows that the combined weight of soldiers equipment is putting lives at risk. Themain challenge in the soldier modernisation programme managers eyes is to reduce theburden for NATO troops without compromising protection and combat performance.Modernisation of soldier systems to protect, mobilise and empower the soldier has resulted inan exponential increase in the total weight being carried in theatre.In depth research has been carried out with the following Soldier Modernisation Programmesto dig deeper in to the challenges and explore the solutions that manufacturers andcontractors can offer:FIST (UK - Future Integrated Soldier Technology)FELIN (France - Integrated Equipment and Communications Infantryman)IdZ (Germany - German Future Infantryman)ISSP (Canada - Integrated Soldier System Project)NORMANS (Norway - Norwegian Modular Arctic Network Soldier )Feedback from soldier modernisation programmes is that soldier equipment is too heavy andslows down the troops. Equipment manufacturers and contractors are being urged to respondbut this requires visibility on specifications – lighter power and lighter protection are seen ascrucial parts of the solution.Soldier equipment is still not interoperable enough – industry has to work closer together notto use new connectors but focus on connectivity.Most deaths and injuries are being caused by poor protection from enemy fire and IEDs andpoor communication – protection system developers need to deliver better head and bodyprotection and communications which can function in both urban and mountainousenvironments.The issues above have formed the basis of discussion at NATO meetings and will be thecentral focus at the 10th Annual Soldier Technology Conference & Exhibition in June 2011 atOlympia Conference Centre, London.To find out more about reducing the soldiers burden visit www.soldiertechnologyus.com,email soldiertechnology@wbr.co.uk or call +44 (0) 207 368 9465.

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