Das Projekt "SdZ" wird fortgeführt - das Modernisierungsprogramm wurde in zwei Abscnitte gegliedert und zeitlich gestreckt:“Soldat 2015” to Soldat der Zukunft
Austria's Future Soldier or Soldat der Zukunft programme began in 2008 with the commencement of work in preparation for a roughly two year definition phase, due to conclude in 2011 at which point a decision would be made on moving to the procurement phase of the programme which is now expected not to begin before 2015.
Lt. Col. Bogner said, “We discussed this at length in the Ministry of Defence and the decision that was made has two main elements. First that we will continue the programme on an extended timeline after 2011 by elaborating the planning documents. We have also extended the programme accordingly to harmonise our national programme with the European Defence Agency Cat B Programme, Combat Equipment for Dismounted Soldiers (CEDS) where we are a contributing member state. Second, as we are nevertheless contributing to different theatres we still have some capability gaps which have to be closed. We are trying to close those capability gaps with what we internally call Soldier 2015.”
The Soldier 2015 programme will be focused on troops tasked to deploy overseas with Lt. Col. Bogner citing Austria's contribution to the EU Battlegroup as one example
Lt. Col. Bogner said, “The priority areas for the first stage are protection and C4I or, more accurately elements of C4I. A new radio, new headsets and hearing protection and we are also trying to create some kind of head system. It is not a helmet system but a head system, consisting of protecting different areas of the head, eyes, ears and so on.”
The ‘head system' will consist of a helmet which must have at least the same protection as the current system, being lighter and more comfortable and must also be compatible with some additional sub-systems. As examples Lt. Col. Bogner cites hearing protection, eye protection, NBC mask, hearing protection headsets and it must also be compatible with the ballistic body posture.
He added, “There are some open points which still have to be discussed but this is more or less the system as it will work. The helmet is one of the main components by the requirement. There are also some operational demands because we need some equipment very, very quickly and it could be that some other components could be procured in advance of this.”
Whether equipment acquired under Soldat 2015 will be phased into Soldat der Zukunft has yet to be determined. Lt. Col Bogner said, “If it is usable in the next two to three years after it is acquired it will, as much as possible be part of the Soldat der Zukunft programme. However, we are not yet talking about acquiring Soldat der Zukunft, we are still at the planning stage and the procurement phase will be started after this is completed.”
Soldat der Zukunft
The legacy equipment that will be brought into the programme has already been defined. Lt. Col. Bogner said that the current clothing had recently been acquired and that currently, there were no plans for fully integrated CBRN equipment.
Addressing lethality and Austria's in service Steyr AUG /StG 77 assault rifle, Lt. Col Bogner said, “The weapon systems itself will have to be modified because the regular soldier's weapon does not have a Picatinny rail and instead has integrated optics. We have other versions of that weapon but we certainly have to improve the StG 77/A1.”
A part of recent modernisation efforts, Austria acquired a new range of HF and VHF Combat Net Radios (CNRs) from the now Elbit Systems Land and C4I – Tadiran. These radios have recently begun fielded to the first battalions and is due to conclude next year. Lt. Col Bogner explained that no BMS had been acquired as part of this programme although requirements do exist and that as part of the Soldat der Zukunft planning phase there was a requirement both to interface with these CNRs and to operate with any future BMS.
Der Ansatz klingt grundsätzlich vernünftig. Wenn man das System nicht derart mit IT überfrachtet, wie es in anderen Ländern der Fall ist, könnte sich da eine brauchbare Lösung ergeben. Angeblich soll auch speziell auf die Anforderungen unserer gebirgsbeweglichen und hochgebirgsbeweglichen Jägerbataillone eingegangen werden.
P.S.: Ich frage mich, ob die Firma Photonic
auch an dem System beteiligt werden wird?
Laut "Jane's" hat Photonic folgende Produkte entwickelt:Anti-tank guided weapons (ATGW) - Sights
The Photonic Optische Geräte (Photonic) day/night laser sighting system acts as a fire-control system for man-portable anti-armour multirole direct-fire weapons systems such as the Carl-Gustav anti-tank weapon. It is designed to be mounted on the standard weapon mount.The company was acquired by Leica (formerly Wild Leitz) in 1988 and, during the restructure of the Leica Group in 1995, became a subsidiary of the fully independent Wild Group.
The Photonic Optische night-vision monocular is compatible with Gen 2 or Gen 3 image intensifier tubes. When combined with the company's Laser Rangefinder Module (see separate entry), it is used as a day/night targeting system on portable anti-tank weapons, such as the 84 mm Carl Gustav system.
Photonic Optische has developed a day/night laser range finding system bringing its Laser Rangefinder Module (LRM) into use alongside its NS-ZF 3.3 × 80 image intensified monocular (see separate entry). This combination is suitable for portable anti-tank weapons such as the 84 mm Carl Gustav and similar systems.
Photonic LRM laser range-finder module
For the LRM, a mechanical carrier is linked to a ballistic-compensating weapon mount, such as the standard Carl Gustaf throw-lever mount. Using this carrier, the LRM can be boresighted. An additional Weaver mount is provided for securing the day or night sight. The sighting scopes are thus interchangeable without losing the precise alignment of either.Both optronic instruments have a separated power supply using the same set of four 1.5 V batteries. There is no electrical or optical linkage or connection between the night sight and the LRM.The LRM semiconductor laser is eye-safe Class 1 and operates on the 860 nm wavelength. It can provide range information from 50 to 2,500 m with an accuracy of ±3 m. The measuring time is 0.3 second.
The NS-B 3.3 × 80 is a lightweight and compact night observation single eyepiece device for surveillance and observation.The instrument is used as a hand-held viewer and is provided with a lockable swivel handgrip at its bottom. This handgrip is useable with either hand and is equipped with a carrying strap.The main switch is controlled by a top-located knob accessible with either hand.
Photonic ZFM 12 x 42Z(T) telescopic sight (Austria), Sights - Optical
The NS-Bi is a hand-held night observation instrument with biocular eyepiece. A switch at the top of the instrument, close to the eye shield, activates it. The instrument can take 18 mm Gen 2 or 3 II tubes and an illuminated reticle is an option. The instrument may be installed on a tripod and is powered by two 1.5 V batteries.
Photonic telescopic sight for assault rifles
The Photonic ZFM 12 × 42Z(T) telescopic sight is intended primarily for sniper rifles and is so constructed that after the firing of 1,000 rounds, the line of sight will not deviate more than 0.2 mil. The sight is contained in a steel tubular housing purged with nitrogen. It can withstand immersion in 1 m of water for two hours and is proof against salt-soaked mist for 48 hours. It can also withstand a 95 per cent relative humidity for 120 hours. The sight is provided with 26 mm diameter ring mounts.The (T) version of this sight has reticle illumination provided by a tritium light source.
The Photonic telescopic sight for assault rifles was originally intended for use with Steyr AUG rifles but can be adapted to suit other models. It is produced with a standard magnification of ×1.5, although it can be produced with magnifications of ×1.3, ×2, ×2.5 or ×3, with the field of view varying accordingly.The sight is of the closed design type, featuring nitrogen purging and no moving elements. It is intended that the sight be integrated into a separate housing, and the sight could fit, if required, into a weapon's carry handle. External adjustment elements for boresighting in elevation and deflection are fixed on the sight housing. There is a thread-on filter mounting on the eyepiece. Numerous types of sight graticule, either etched on glass or mechanical, are available.The sight is designed to be able to withstand considerable shock, as well as to undergo the firing of 1,000 rounds without altering the line of sight by more than 0.2 mil. The sight will withstand an immersion in 1 m of water for two hours and the exposure to 95 per cent relative humidity for 96 hours.
The LRF-A binocular laser rangefinder may be used as a hand-held or tripod-mounted instrument for infantry observation and target acquisition. It consists of a laser rangefinder, a telescope and a display system.
Vom LRF-A konnte ich kein Foto finden. Wahrscheinlich ist dieses Produkt relativ neu.
Ein weiteres in diesem Zusammenhang erwähnenswertes österreichisches Unternehmen ist die active photonics AG
, die u.a. militärische Wärmebildkameras herstellt:active photonics
P.P.S.O.T.: Was auch recht interessant ist: "Unattended Ground Sensors" - entwickelt von einem kleinen Unternehmen aus Niederösterreich. Da hätte aber mehr Relevanz für den Objektschutz oder den Feldlagerschutz bei Auslandseinsätzen:
Die Firma Intertechnik Technische Produktionen GmbH in Linz hat ein ähnliches System angeblich schon vor zehn Jahren auf den Markt gebracht:1st European Symposium on Non-Lethal Weapons at the Fraunhofer ICT
P.P.S.O.T: Laut diesem aktuellen Artikel hat Steyr Mannlicher nach wie vor das IWS 2000 im Angebot, auch wenn es auf der offiziellen Homepage nicht aufscheint:Austrian Hardware
In response to the military trend towards AMRs (Anti-Materiel Rifles), Steyr introduced the 15.2MM IWS2000, which fires an APFSDS (Armor-Piercing, Fin-Stabilized, Discarding Sabot) munition using a tungsten penetrator. As a more conventional AMR, Steyr offers the .50 HS Sniper Rifle. Steyr continues to upgrade its classic designs as well as introducing new designs to fit contemporary military needs.
Hooked On Photonic
Photonic was formed as an offshoot of Swarovski in 1986. Although Photonic specializes in a wide variety of industrial optics, the company also makes an array of innovative rifle scopes as well as laser range-finding and night vision devices. Photonic developed some optics including night vision devices specifically for use with the Steyr AUG. Fire-control systems for heavier weapons systems are also produced by Photonic.
Austria’s sophisticated military optics industry allows Steyr to equip its rifles with domestic optics but also creates an extensive export industry for military, law enforcement, and sport optics.
Ein paar Zusatzinfos zum IWS2000 finden sich hier: