Just browsing around brings up a huge selection of various nations " official " press releases in relation to their next generation soldier equipment or FIST in our case. The proposals range from simple upgrades for existing systems....more evolution than revolution in technology and appear to be a good idea......to development proposals that seem a little bit removed from what a soldier could possibly use or need,or more importantly would actually work in a warzone with the mk 1 squaddie. Almost all have a common basis in design. Helmet,incorporating enhanced nightvision and gps gooblies with built in communication hardware....and improved protection. Body armour,improved protection and a carrying harness for all the batteries and electronic systems needed. Soldier monitering system...different items,but all seem to read the vital signs of the soldier somehow. Weapon systems most nations seem to be going for improved optics for existing weapons,linked to a HUD helmet visor rather than a new generation of small arms. Combat uniform some like the yanks are proposing a form of exo-skeleton to improve the soldiers stamina and load carrying,others just quote improved materials. Thing is to my eye,every single system appears that it would be an utter nightmare to actually fight in due to the increase bulk of the suits and equipment carried......or would this be offset by the greater situational awarness and communications that the designers keep speilling? Surely the boys in Afghanistan for example want lightweight and non-hindering equipment for use....not stuff that makes you heavier and bulks you out/bigger target.