Thales understand that combat soldiers have an extremely difficult job and that they are not 'platforms' onto which we can pile technology. Whilst technology can bring decisive advantage on the battlefield it must also be applied intelligently and the burden (cognitive or physical) must be overmatched by the benefit. Thales believe that for a Soldier System to be adopted today it must be minimalistic; it must also be flexible otherwise it will have no application to the infinitely flexible roles and activities of the Soldier themselves.
The art of “Soldier System Engineering” is to recognise that which is absolutely needed for any given set of users and to ensure they can be given just that, whilst being flexible enough to allow future changes as well as being the most cost-effective (where “cost” covers weight, power, bulk, cognitive load, as well as finance). This is how Thales have approached our Soldier Worn Power and Data solution.
You can find out more about ‘The Challenge of Integration’ here.