Jun 14, 2023
The European Commission has awarded a €40-million grant to the ACHILE (Augmented Capability for HIgh end soLdiErs) consortium to develop innovative solutions for next-generation dismounted soldier systems in Europe. ACHILE is one of the main projects of the European Defence Fund 2021.
ACHILE is aimed at bringing a breakthrough transformation for soldier systems, through an open architecture developed for the Preparatory Action Plan on Defence Research (PADR). It will seek to demonstrate enhanced interchangeable capabilities improving all areas of dismounted combat: survivability, sustainability, mobility, localization and navigation, perception and situational awareness, lethality/smart engagement and communication.
ACHILE will develop specific capabilities in four main areas: Soldier Core and Soldier Extension to address capabilities at soldier level, and Team Core and Team Extension to address squad and networking capabilities, as well as robotics and weapon interaction at team level.
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ACHILE will result in:
Safran Electronics & Defense (France) is leading the consortium of 30 partners - with close support from Rheinmetall Electronics GmbH (Germany), for technical coordination, Indra Sistemas SA (Spain), and Leonardo S.p.A. (Italy). Over the next four years, the consortium will:
ACHILE encompasses entities from nine EU countries and one associated country (Norway). This consortium covers the full soldier system value chain with a wide range of small and medium-size enterprises, mid-caps, research institutes, universities, and large groups.
Safran Electronics & Defense will coordinate the ACHILE project, supported by the core team, to meet the technical and contractual commitments signed between the European Commission and all involved entities. Through the ACHILE project, the consortium will improve harmonization of standards proposed to member states and thus contribute significantly to European cooperation.