EADS, Sagem share multi-million Swiss Soldier Modernization Program

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EADS Defence & Security and Sagem Défense Sécurité cooperate on Swiss Soldier modernization program (IMESS) The framework contract includes a first development phase plus options for series productions worth more than 120 M €. The prototype phase will be finalized in September 2008 followed by an optional industrialization phase in 2009 and optional series production phases in 2010 and 2014, according to current master planning (procurement bills RP 09 and RP 13). The procurement of series is subject to approval by Swiss Parliament. (More...)

EADS Defence & Security, through its integrated Business Unit Defence & Communications Systems (DCS) as prime contractor, and Sagem Défense Sécurité from SAFRAN Group as main subcontractor have been awarded an exclusive contract with armasuisse, the Procurement, Technology and Real Estate Center of the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport DDPS, for the prototype phase of IMESS, the future soldier modernization program, with options for a subsequent industrialization and first series delivery. IMESS is a program for the modernization of the Swiss infantry fighting capabilities from a single soldier up to platoon level.

EADS DS, having already successfully delivered the worlds first Soldier Modernization Program (SMP) to the German Bundeswehr (IdZ), has been contracted to develop the COMFUT, an equivalent program for the Spanish Army. Sagem Défense Sécurité has already delivered FELIN systems to the French Army in 2007 for technical/operational tests and will deliver another batch of FELIN systems in 2008.

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