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The Future of Soldier Modernization: Tech Trends

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As the modern battlefield is largely digitized, armies around the world are investing heavily in equipping their soldiers and developing new technologies. Here are some of the notable technology trends in dismounted soldier systems (DSS), which aim to facilitate communication and navigation between military forces in the field, identified by GlobalData Research Institute:

AI is perhaps the most important technological development in the last decade in the defense sector, which can be integrated into a range of technologies for defense, as well as the modernization of combat. Due to the digitalization of the modern battlefield, we have created “information overload”, which impacts every soldier’s decision-making processes. With artificial intelligence technologies embedded in a variety of systems, commanders and soldiers will have access to more tactical and strategic data. This will help improve response times and facilitate the coordination of forces in large operations. The AI ​​field is also shaping unmanned systems, decision support through unmanned team (MUM-T), and much more.

Wearables and Augmented Reality (AR): Modern warfare is increasingly connected, making wearable devices crucial for officers and infantry soldiers to improve their situational awareness and combat effectiveness. They can be linked to a variety of radio systems and battle management systems, and feature smart screens and information displays. Recent advances in augmented reality, such as the IVAS system currently being tested by US forces, can also improve response times and soldier awareness.

Internet of Things (IoT): The Internet of Military Things (IoMT) refers to a network of sensors and devices that use a cloud computing network and advanced communication techniques to maintain efficient intelligence sharing and communication between the forces. Using this technology, the US military is creating a networked force, with each soldier being a “data center”. The IoMT promotes the importance of “connecting” soldiers to a variety of platforms, including ships, aircraft, tanks, and unmanned vehicles. IoT and IoMT should enable military forces to process, analyze and store data faster, as reported by