Delivery of the first 30 sets expected in the middle of 2013. Rheinmetall to supply the rest of the party at the end of 2013 year. Fighters of the Bundeswehr in a promising outfit planned to send to Afghanistan.
Experimental batch of 30 sets Gladius for 300 soldiers of Germany bought in 2012. Deliveries ekipirovok already begun. Until June 2013 , the German military to be trained to use the new equipment.
Budding equipment Gladius developed Rheinmetall based on the most experienced outfit "soldier of the future» IdZ 2 (Infanterist der Zukunft). The composition of Gladius, namely, the complex comes protective equipment (including body armor, helmet and goggles), optical infrared surveillance, a laptop computer, a radio, navigation (including GPS and compass), as a tool and a set of Accum. In addition, the equipment is designed for extreme climates and protects against biological and chemical weapons
Currently developing their own versions of "equipment of the future" are engaged in a 2-10 framework of states. Among them are France (FELIN), England (FIST), Spain (COMFUT), the United States and Azerbaijan. Our homeland in November 2012 decided to purchase from France on trial batch of equipment FELIN. In addition, in order Minobrony in Russia developed its own promising equipment "The Warrior." On the arms it can get up as early as 2013.