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India’s Soldier of the Future

by John Reed on March 19, 2011

So, happy Saturday. NATO planes and warships are finally striking Libya. In the meantime, we thought we’d show you India’s notion for a 21st Century battle uniform. Dubbed the Futuristic Infantry Soldier As a System, or F-ISAS, the kit consists of body armor and WMD protection integrated to the uniform, a hand held computer, helmet with a visor displaying critical battlefield information and 5.56mm, 7.62mm, and purportedly 6.8mm “modular weapon system” that can also be equipped with a bolt-on grenade launcher.

The weapons will start to be fielded next year, and the whole system will be in place by 2020, according to Soldier Systems.

The whole point being to turn the next generation of Indian infantryman into a fully networked “a self-contained fighting machine.” Oh, and the system’s developers, India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation, also want to reduce the weight carried by each soldier by 50 percent.

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