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Herve Morin Minister of Defense today announced a new order for 16454 FELIN digital soldier systems.


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Hervé Morin, the Minister of Defense, today announced a new order for 16,454 FELIN digital soldier systems (Fantassins à Equipements et Liaisons INtégrés), bringing the total ordered to date to 22,588 units. The Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) awarded the acquisition contract to Sagem (Safran Group) on November 20, 2009. The total FELIN program, including development, industrialization, production and initial support, will cost a total of one billion euros. A batch of 358 pre-production systems delivered in December 2008 was evaluated by several army units during the first half of 2009 under different geographical extremes (mountain, jungle, desert). This final phase of testing was to verify the adequacy of the system under the conditions of modern combat. The new or renewed equipment provided includes a protective armour vest, combat clothing, day / night weapon sights, day / night observation and vision systems, communication and information systems, and individual and squad weapons. Offering improved ergonomics FELIN, also provides better protection against the effects of modern small-caliber weapons. Its integrated weapon sights have been completely redesigned, and make it easier to neutralize opponents by day and night. FELIN also greatly improves the flexibility and night fighting capabilities thanks to its enhanced observation and positioning capabilities.Hervé Morin, the Minister of Defense, today announced a new order for 16,454 FELIN digital soldier systems (Fantassins à Equipements et Liaisons INtégrés), bringing the total ordered to date to 22,588 units. The Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) awarded the acquisition contract to Sagem.

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