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Rheinmetall to lead GOSSRA consortium

22nd February 2018 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Rheinmetall will lead a consortium for the European Commission’s Generic Open Soldier Systems Reference Architecture (GOSSRA) project, the company announced on 19 February.

The European Defence Union-financed project aims to lay the ground work for the development of an open reference architecture as the basis of EU-wide standardised soldier systems.

Studies will be carried out into how systems including electronics, voice and data communication, software solutions, man-machine interfaces, sensors and effectors, can be standardised to improve interoperability during joint operations conducted by EU nation forces.

Rheinmetall will lead a consortium consisting of partners from different EU member states: Indra and GMV Aerospace and Defence of Spain, Leonardo and Larimart of Italy, the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research TNO, Poland’s iTTi, Portugal’s Tekever ASDS and SAAB of Sweden.

Thomas Weise, who heads the Rheinmetall’s Representative Office for EU and NATO Affairs in Brussels, said: ‘We are very pleased that our proposal has met with success in this early phase of the formation of the European Defence Union.

‘It gives added momentum to our strategy of expanding the group’s EU-themed activities in Brussels in pursuit of further European Union projects aimed at strengthening Europe’s strategic autonomy with regard to security and defence policy.’

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