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Future Soldier was a multi-nation military project by the United States and its allies launched in the late 1990s.
Superiority to enemy ground forces will be achieved by equipping the average ground-based combat soldier with an integrated set of high-technology uniforms and equipment. These will be linked to an array of real-time and archived battlefield information resources. Soldiers will require not only enhanced versions of existing equipment (rifle, pistol, knife, helmet, armour, clothing), but also new forms of equipment that will become possible as new types and combinations of technologies become viable for battlefield deployment.
Future Soldier Exhibition is an international exhibition mainly focused on the question of individual components of the "Dismounted Soldier" project, on the results of research, new technologies and materials, concepts and opportunities for international cooperation in the implementation of the integrated system of the soldier of the future and for the securing of the interoperability of its individual components in wartime and peacetime operations.
The last Future Soldier Exhibition took place in October 2012 in Prague. The event is organized under the aegis of the National Armaments Director within the Ministry of Defense of the Czech Republic.
In early 2016 the Future soldier project was shelved and stopped receiving funding due to budget cuts.
- Weinberger, Sharon (May 23, 2009). "Soldier of the Future". New York Post.
- "NSPA present at the Future Soldier Exhibition and Conference 2012". NATO Support and Procurement Agency. 9 November 2012.