IMESS (Integrated and Modular Engagement System for the Swiss Soldier) accepted by the Swiss defence procurement authority.
Airbus Defence and Space has successfully completed the development of the integrated modular engagement system (IMESS) to the level necessary for series production. The order from 2011, worth 23 million Swiss francs, was completed on schedule following technical acceptance by the Swiss procurement authority armasuisse. IMESS will now undergo two years of field tests. Airbus Defence and Space will provide logistical support for this project.
With IMESS, the Swiss Army has one of the world’s most powerful and high-tech soldier systems at their disposal. By employing more efficient and powerful components – many of them newly developed – various capabilities have been optimised: tactical command-and- control capabilities from company level to individual soldier level have been improved through the integration of combat vehicles, including computer and radio connections. Radio communication has been optimised through increased range and new, standardised radio equipment. The use of head/helmet mounted displays provides a clearer situational picture and enables simpler navigation. The night fighting and reconnaissance capabilities could also be expanded. A modular architecture provides numerous standard interfaces to sensors, such as a thermal imaging device, as well as modules for link-up with external systems, such as unmanned aircraft. The weight and energy balance of the equipment was significantly improved.
Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises. It employs some 40,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €14 billion per year.