Modern Soldier: The Future of Ground Warfare in Africa

Many African armies now understand the importance of having a high-tech modern individual infantryman hence, they began their own “Modern Soldier” programs.

One underlying lesson of most African conflicts is that African soldiers are ill-equipped to fight small wars, as a result, they are unable to fight with agility, flexibility, speed, and rapid maneuver. The African battlespace poses specific requirements for defense planners and weapons manufacturers alike.

The Unique African Landscape

A greater part of the African continent is classed as developing and Africa has the fastest level of urbanization in the globe. Any new system must overcome a vast range of terrains, climates and a vast range of potential military opponents; starting from rebels but also including conventional militaries. Since combat in Africa is considered to be largely intrastate, interspersed with semi-conventional inter-state conflict. These are largely fought by dismounted forces, supported by light and medium armored fighting vehicles, ‘Technicals’, RPGs and artillery.

Many African armies now understand the importance of having a high-tech modern individual infantryman hence, they began their own “Modern Soldier” programs. By applying some of the lessons learned during a conflict to their elite troops and special forces; bringing together innovative, off-the-shelf technology and state of the art military gear and equipment, they increase the overall lethality of the individual infantryman.

After all, soldiers are now benefitting from the move towards digital innovations. These days, many African soldiers deployed on the front lines now carry an array of high-tech gadgets designed to increase operational efficiency and safety, and in some cases, lethality. Their digital tools help them navigate unfamiliar terrains, interact with locals who speak different languages and track enemies during a firefight.

The high-tech soldiers in Africa

Many of the new innovations being brought on the battlefield to transform an individual soldier into a high-tech warrior include; lethal assault rifles, upgraded weapon sights, modular gear, more effective armor protection, cutting-edge networked communication, computer, and navigation gadgets.
Now, with helmets fitted with real-time positioning and information systems, thermal weapons sights, and computers embedded into their uniforms, soldiers are able to engage in combat assisted by satellite imagery of the battlefield and ballistic accuracy calculations.

The future of ground warfare in Africa will surely bring integrated smart weapons, lightweight full body armors made of more advanced materials, exoskeletons, and even cybernetic implants to the battlefields.

These are the most advanced high-tech soldiers in Africa.

E Lionel

Techy, Futurist.