Soldier modernization programs (SMP) were started initially in 1990s by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) forces after realising the importance of equipping soldiers with advanced arsenal in complex and unconventional warfare. Since then soldier modernisation programs have developed enormously and are also being implemented by other countries. Soldier modernisation focuses on enhancing soldier protection; increasing soldier connectivity and communications; power devices which can generate more energy; and in addition reducing weight of soldier equipment. The major technological developments are undergoing in the field of networked soldier technology and modernization of future soldier outfits which can provide higher level of lethality, survivability, sustainability and mobility.
Progress of soldier modernization programs in US and Eurozone has slowed down because of defense budget cuts initiated by economic uncertainties. In addition, downsizing of militaries in many countries like US, the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and South Korea would negatively impact orders for new soldier kits planned under soldier modernisation programs. However, there are some positive signs for soldier modernisation market from emerging countries like China and India where spending on updating soldier equipment has increased.
Increasing digitization of battlefields demands better technologies for effective passage of information among the soldiers operating in combat operations. In addition, interoperability is also one of the major challenges for soldier modernization programs considering most of military operations are carried out in coalition environment wherein armies of different countries are involved.
The emerging trend in the soldier modernisation is powered exoskeleton and portable charging systems running on renewable energy and integrated power supplies which facilitate longer sustainability of electronic devices used in soldier equipment.
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