Anyone know what has become of FIST, the Land Warrior type project to give British infantry a technological edge over the enemy?
I know we have individual bits and pieces in place, like PRR, NVGs, the Laser light module for weapons, and Bowman. Although Bowman seems to be being upgraded and modified...
But I distinctly remember seeing mock-ups of infanteers with strange eye-displays, all very Apache pilot esque, and talk of how information would be linked from ASTOR radar aircraft straight to the troops. They also seemed to be holding their weapons around corners as apparently there was a video camera on the weapon that linked to the helmet display. I know other armies use PDAs/palmtops to share information on...
Did all this get binned when we realised the need for todays kit to be improved for Iraq and Afghanistan? Or is it ongoing but unreported, or on the backburner, or just postponed? I realise that elements of kit such as the new section weapons (AGL, LMG) and new body armour could be considered part of FIST as it was meant to be 'the whole system' sort of outlook, but what about the specific technology/IT stuff?
Did they ever get over the battery life problems?