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France,Germany : Thales receives sub-contract from Rheinmetall for 'Gladius' equipment.

As part of the "Gladius" project, Thales has received the sub-contract from Rheinmetall Defence to manufacture and supply 310 night vision goggles of type Lucie II D and 16 IR modules for 30 combat systems of the "Infantry Soldier of the Future" (IdZ 2). In addition, Thales will supply this highly modern combat gear with 300 UHF radios of type SOLAR 400 EG-E (30 combat systems), lithium-ion batteries as the power supply for the entire electronic backbone, charging stations, antenna kits and adapters and cables. The order has a volume of roughly EUR 7.5 million, and, in addition to the logistics documentation and training, also includes the option for a second lot of 600 goggles, 192 IR modules and 600 radios.

Lucie II D, from the image amplifier family made by Thales under the same name, is configured with a modular design. As the standard night vision goggle of the Bundeswehr, Lucie is a device highly accepted by soldiers. In addition to the optical performance enhancement of the night vision component as compared to the base model, the newly developed goggle for the IdZ 2 has an integrated OLED technology based data and video display. The modularity and the wide field of vision of 51 degrees enable highly flexible deployment with respect to mobility, observation / identification and effectiveness. Moreover, a completely new device Lucie II DIR is created by the simple adaptation of the IR module to the goggle. This creates an image overlay with residual light and thermal image. The modular configuration and the enhanced functionality in combination with the compact design, low weight, high reliability, high wear comfort and low power consumption (using commercially available batteries), unlock entirely new deployment concepts. This first of its kind rollout of the Lucie II DIR device significantly enhances the reconnaissance performance and night-combat capabilities for the soldier's mission. The "Lateral Module" is used to create the interface to the soldier's "Body Net" in the IdZ 2. This provides the following functions: Night vision only, or image display only, for instance of terrain layouts, maps and map sections, or mixed-mode image operation, i.e night vision including overlay of tactical and status information in the upper or lower display area.

The UHF group radio, SOLAR 400EG-E, is the centrepiece of the communications gear for the "Gladius" project. Its integrated, high-performance communications processor is fully IP capable, and has a total of three interfaces to establish links respectively to the central processor on the soldier's back, to the vehicle in mounted operation, and to the VHF lead radio in the case of the team leader.

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