11 Mar 2013

Future Soldier on the march: Rheinmetall hands over “Gladius” soldier system to the Bundeswehr

Rheinmetall formally transferred its new IdZ-ES future soldier system to the German Bundeswehr on 7 March 2013. Short for “Infanterist der Zukunft – Erweitertes System” or “Future Soldier – Expanded System”, IdZ-ES is also known as the “Gladius”. The handover ceremony coincided with the 10th Armoured Division’s traditional “International Division Skiing Championship” at Ruhpolding in Upper Bavaria. Bodo Garbe, member of the Executive Board of Rheinmetall Defence, symbolically handed over the Gladius to Lieutenant-General Bruno Kasdorf, Chief of Staff of the German Army, and Harald Stein, President of the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw).

Photo: Ralph Zwilling

Photo: Ralph Zwilling

“The new IdZ-ES is an original, comprehensive, innovative solution. For the first time ever, it proved possible to implement an entirely new design for a solder system and get it to the troops. Thanks to Gladius, as we call it at Rheinmetall, German infantrymen can now play an active role in network-enabled warfare”, declared Bodo Garbe at the official handover ceremony for the system in Inzell, Germany.

Mr Garbe went on to note that “the availability and flow of information on the battlefield are at least as important as firepower, protection and mobility. IdZ-ES automatically furnishes each soldier with this information in near real time.” Praising the system’s technical features and the excellent cooperation between the Bundeswehr and the defence industry, Mr Garbe also pointed out that Rheinmetall had completed the project on time and on budget, “not something that can be taken for granted in complex defence projects.”

The Düsseldorf, Germany-based Rheinmetall Group was awarded the contract to develop the IdZ-ES expanded system in 2006. The German government ordered a first lot of thirty systems in 2012, which Rheinmetall is currently delivering according to plan. (Each system is designed to equip a 10-man section.) The troops now have until June 2013 to practise using the new systems before deploying to Afghanistan.

Rheinmetall received a follow-up order in January 2013 to supply a further sixty systems. This order is worth €84 million and encompasses equipment for 60 infantry sections, i.e. 600 soldiers. Delivery will take place in two lots of thirty systems each, the first in mid 2013, the second at the end of the year. This ensures that the next two Bundeswehr contingents to deploy to Afghanistan will receive the new equipment in time to familiarize themselves with it.

Gladius gives the Bundeswehr the world’s most advanced soldier system. Fielding it is a major step in the process of improving the equipment of infantry forces in future deployed operations, thus enhancing the survivability of the individual soldier.

Rheinmetall AG

Head of Press and Public Relations
Oliver Hoffmann
Rheinmetall Platz 1
40476 Düsseldorf
Germany
Phone: +49 211 473-4748
Fax: +49 211 473-4157

Privacy Settings

We place great importance on transparent information relating to all aspects of data protection. Our website contains detailed information on the settings you can select and what effect these settings have. You can change your selected settings at any time. Regardless of the selection you choose, we will not draw any conclusions regarding you as a person (except where you have explicitly entered your details). For information on deleting the cookies, please see the help function in your browser. You can find out more in the data protection declaration.

Change your privacy settings by clicking on the corresponding buttons

Necessary

Cookies essential for the system ensure that the website works correctly. Without these cookies, malfunctions or error messages may occur.

This website will:

  • Store cookies required by the system
  • Store the settings you make on this website

This site will never do the following without your agreement:

  • Store your settings, such as the language selection or cookie banner, so that you do not have to repeat them in the future.
  • Evaluate visits anonymously and draw conclusions to help us to optimize our website.
  • Draw conclusions regarding you as a person (except where you have explicitly entered your details, e.g. in contact forms)

Convenience

These cookies make the website easier to use and save settings, for example, so that you do not have to repeat them every time you visit the site.

This website will:

  • Store cookies required by the system
  • Store your settings, such as the language selection or cookie banner, so that you do not have to repeat them in the future.

This site will never do the following without your agreement:

  • Evaluate visits anonymously and draw conclusions to help us to optimize our website.
  • Draw conclusions regarding you as a person (except where you have explicitly entered your details, e.g. in contact forms)

Statistics

Statistics cookies enable us to evaluate the usage behaviour on the website anonymously – without enabling any conclusions to be drawn about you as a person. This enables us to measure the performance of the website and to improve it continuously to offer a better user experience.

This website will:

  • Store cookies required by the system
  • Draw conclusions regarding you as a person (except where you have explicitly entered your details, e.g. in contact forms)
  • Evaluate visits anonymously and draw conclusions to help us to optimize our website.

This site will never do the following without your agreement:

  • Draw conclusions regarding you as a person (except where you have explicitly entered your details, e.g. in contact forms)

Notice regarding data transfers to the USA

If you select "STATISTICS", cookies from the US-based company Google Inc. will also be used. By selecting this option, you also expressly agree in accordance with Art. 49 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. a GDPR that your data collected by these cookies can also be processed by Google in the USA. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has qualified the USA as a country with a level of data protection inadequate to EU standards. Further information on Google's handling of data protection can be found here.


Of course, we will always respect the do-not-track (DNT) setting in your browser. In this case, no tracking cookies are set and no tracking functions are loaded.