The Soldato Futuro program is providing the Italian Army with new radios and night vision goggles. (Selex)
ROME — Italy’s Selex ES has signed two contracts worth €60 million (US $82.8 million) to supply software-defined radio sets and night vision goggles to the Italian Army’s digitization program, known as Soldato Futuro, the company said Tuesday.
The first contract covers the supply of 2,726 handheld software-defined radios, while the second contract covers the supply of the same number of night vision goggles, which can display data, including maps, on the eyepiece. The goggles also feature an integrated camera that can provide a command-and-control post with relayed images.
The Soldato Futuro program has come under fire this month from Italian parliamentarians, who claim in a new report that the program is too expensive and incompatible with other European army technologies.
The report, authored by members of the center-left Democratic Party, suggests the program be suspended until such compatibility can be guaranteed. ■