Boeing [NYSE: BA] and partner Science Applications International Corporation
(SAIC), Lead Systems Integrator for the U.S. Army's Future Combat Systems
(FCS) program, today announced that the Army has authorized planning for FCS
low-rate initial production, including long-lead items for the first
FCS capability Spin Out and Manned Ground Vehicle (MGV) early production units.
The latter is focused on the Non-Line-of-Sight Cannon (NLOS-C) initial production
platform, which will be fielded in 2010 according to a Congressional mandate.
"The Army's notification to proceed with early production
planning for Spin Outs and Manned Ground Vehicles is evidence that FCS technologies
are maturing according to plan and represents a crucial step toward meeting
program production objectives," said Dennis Muilenburg, vice president-general
manager, Boeing Combat Systems, and FCS program manager. "It underscores
the significant accomplishments of the entire FCS One Team which continues
to perform and is well-positioned to deliver these early life-saving capabilities
to our soldiers as quickly as possible."
Three FCS Spin Outs to the current force will be initiated in two-year increments
starting in 2008 when the FCS team delivers the first infusion of capability
to the Army Evaluation Task Force (AETF) in Fort Bliss, Texas, for testing.
The first, referred to as "Spin Out 1", consists of equipment and
technologies that will provide enhanced situational awareness and communication
capabilities for the Current Force through technology insertions to Abrams
battle tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicles and HMMWV vehicles. Spin Out 1 elements
include network integration "B" kits consisting of an Integrated
Computer System, System-of-Systems Common Operating Environment, Battle Command
and Network Management software and communications system including the Joint
Tactical Radio System Ground Mobile Radio. Also included are Tactical and Urban
Unattended Ground Sensors to provide real-time threat information in complex
terrain, and the Non-Line-of-Sight Launch System for remotely controlled precision
A recent Critical Design Review of Spin Out 1 technologies confirmed that they
meet design requirements and are ready for integration into current force vehicles
and the AETF. Low-rate initial production for Spin Out 1 will support the procurement
of 17 Brigade Combat Team sets to be fielded incrementally over a period of
seven years, beginning in fiscal year 2008.
FCS MGVs, developed in partnership with BAE Systems and General Dynamics, will
provide the Army with a new family of networked vehicles with enhanced armor
and protection technology, and next-generation survivability and sustainability
features that are required for successful and decisive future battlefield operations.
Based on a common chassis, FCS MGVs will be more than 70 percent common, reducing
spare parts and logistics costs. The NLOS-C will be the first of the eight
MGV variants to be developed and fielded as part of the FCS program. It is
designed to provide a networked, extended range precision attack capability
against point and area targets in support of FCS Brigade Combat Teams.
Plans call for 18 NLOS-C initial production platforms to be delivered between
fiscal years 2010 and 2012 at a rate of six per year, in advance of the Milestone
C and low-rate initial production decisions in 2013.
The LSI, in partnership with BAE Systems and General Dynamics, plans to employ
various sites for component subassembly, and final vehicle integration, assembly
and test activities will be conducted, including Elgin, Okla.; Lima, Ohio;
and York, Pa. Once integration and assembly are complete, the NLOS-C vehicles
will undergo cannon verification testing at Fort Sill, Okla., then be transferred
to Fort Bliss, Texas, and White Sands Missile Range, N.M., for system-of-systems
verification testing conducted by the AETF.
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