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Felin enters service

16th February 2011 - 14:36 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Felin soldier modernisation system is now tactically integrated and has entered into service with the French Army, according to contractor Sagem.

On 14 February the 1st French Infantry Regiment of the army demonstrated the integrated equipment suite to the public for the first time. The modular infantry combat suite was developed as part of the army’s overall Felin soldier modernisation programme.

Designed to enhance lethality, survivability, observation, communication, mobility and support, Felin represents the ‘all-digital battlefield’ now required by ground combat troops.

A Sagem statement said the system integrates all ergonomic requirements, while facilitating logistic support and durability. For example, the sight, binoculars and other equipment all run off the same battery.

At the centre of the system is a tactical vest, with an individual radio with GPS, and
including a miniature terminal displaying data on troop positioning, orders, and images from gun sights for round the corner firing.

Sagem was originally awarded the contract in 2004 from the French defence procurement agency (Direction Generale de l’Armament or DGA) for approximately €1 billion.

The JIM LR 2 binoculars, also to be procured from Sagem, are designed for threat detection, precision target designation, and intelligence gathering for front line command units, and will be interoperable with the Felin systems. The contract for the development of 1,175 of the binoculars was awarded to the company in January 2011. 

Four other regiments will receive the system in 2011. Overall, 22,600 French soldiers will be equipped with the system by 2015.

By Shephard staff

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