“Edge of Tomorrow” program to create Israeli combat soldiers of the future

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“Edge of Tomorrow”, an innovative Israeli program, is about to revolutionize the concept of the infantry soldier. The program was unveiled on Tuesday by the Defense Ministry’s Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) and Elbit Systems, one of the leading companies producing defense electronics in Israel.

The program integrates networked warfare technologies for each soldier of an infantry combat team; it is also designed to improve modern urban combat team warfare, according to the Israeli Ministry of Defense.

“’Edge of Tomorrow’ is an innovative program that is extremely unique thanks to our change of perspective. The program aims to enable optimal operational value for ground forces combatants by enhancing the synergy between them and their team. The program integrates a wide range of advanced technologies used by soldiers and their teams, leading to a whole far greater than the sum of its parts,” Lt. Col. Shlomi Buskila, head of the LWSOF branch of DDR&D, said in a statement. a statement. statement.

Mayan Lazarovich, spokesperson for the Israeli Defense Ministry, told The Media Line that the Edge of Tomorrow program has been “a multi-year effort that has continuously improved lethality, survivability, situational awareness , stamina and more of infantry soldiers”.

An industry source, who provided a detailed explanation of the plan to The Media Line, described it as a combination made up of a collection of wearable technologies with many connected subsystems.

He said there will be specialized suits for each type of soldier on a team.

“There are different roles within a team, so everyone has their specific suit and everything is connected. There will be a soldier costume, a commander costume, a sniper costume, etc.,” said he declared.

The source added that this set of technologies includes many different devices such as display glasses, a sleeve that helps transmit information within the group, computerized rifles, night vision systems, a component that can help to carry weight and fire detection capability. “The soldier can wear a very small device that can sense the direction of hostile fire so that it can be generated very quickly and very effectively,” he said.

He noted that looking back between 50 and 100 years, there were only incremental changes in the technological capabilities provided to an infantry soldier.

Now, he said, “what we’re talking about is actually radical change trying to bring about, you know, real transformation technologically speaking. We look at the infantry soldier and at the team level.

He said the plan will improve the individual infantry soldier and the team as a whole: “Not just a better rifle, a better weapon, better night vision goggles, but we look at it as an overall capability.”

Lazarovich said the plan is still being worked on and the timing of the program’s launch is still uncertain.

“The Edge of Tomorrow is a development-oriented program. Decisions about launching the program will be made in the future,” she said.

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