HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Nov. 5, 2009 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that the Increment 1 capabilities of the U.S. Army's Brigade Combat Team Modernization program have successfully completed their Production Readiness Review. The review was conducted Oct. 27-29 at Boeing's facility in Huntington Beach.
As the prime contractor, Boeing and Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) [NYSE: SAI] are responsible for the development and fielding of Increment 1. The capabilities are planned to be fielded to seven Infantry Brigade Combat Teams beginning in 2011.
The review involved representatives from the Army, Boeing, SAIC, industry partners and other government agencies, including the Department of Defense. It was the culmination of individual system production readiness reviews conducted over the past year and involved input from more than 20 key suppliers. The production areas that were reviewed included management, production processes and integration, facilities tooling and test equipment, and product assurance for all Increment 1 capabilities.
"The Production Readiness Review demonstrated that our industry team is ready to enter Low-Rate Initial Production," said Derek McLuckey, Increment 1 project manager for Boeing. "We are looking forward to the Milestone C production decision in December."
Simultaneously, Boeing, SAIC, and their industry partners plan to submit a Low-Rate Initial Production contract proposal to the Army for Increment 1.
Developed under the Future Combat Systems program and now a key element of the Army's Brigade Combat Team Modernization program, Increment 1 will provide soldiers with enhanced intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities, as well as increased survivability and lethality. Initial capabilities include:
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Matthew P. Billingsley
External Communications Manager
Brigade Combat Team Modernization
The Boeing Company
Communications, Landforce Systems Operation