Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1995
Total Production: 90,068
Unitary Cost: USD$42,000
Total Cost: USD$3.8 billion
Also Known As: Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Northrop Grumman
Parent System: FBCB2
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1995
Total Production: 90,068
Total Cost: USD$3.4 billion
Family Members: FBCB2 JCR
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Description: The Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2) is a system of computer hardware and software that forms a wireless, tactical internet for on the move, near real-time situational awareness, and command and control on the battlefield. FBCB2 software and hardware enables battlefield digitization covering from operations centers to vehicle mounted and dismounted systems. The system uses terrestrial tactical radio signals and satellite communications to generate a network-centric environment. Most FBCB2 systems communicate via a satellite-based network. About 30 percent use the Enhanced Position Location Reporting System (EPLRS) tactical radio network.

Northrop-Grumman has been developing the FBCB2 capability to demonstrate network-centric operations for the US Army since January 1995. The FBCB2 system full rate production was approved by the Army's Systems Acquisition and Review Council in August 2004. More than 10,000 systems have been installed in airborne and ground platforms. In the near term, the system is expected to support the Future Force/Objective Force and Joint Forces vision. As of February 2011, more than 95,000 systems have been deployed worldwide.

To date, FBCB2 has been deployed in Afghanistan, Balkans and Iraq. It has been integrated with Army Battle Command System and E-8C J-STARS airborne surveillance platform. The next challenges will be to develop a handheld FBCB2-compliant device, integration with emerging tactical sensor systems, and beginning convergence of US Army and Marine Corps systems for Joint Blue Force situational awareness. In September 2004, Northrop-Grumman was awarded a contract to provide installation kits and engineering support for installing as many as 13,000 FBCB2-blue force tracking systems on US Army's vehicles and aircraft. In April 2005, FBCB2 was recognized for its role during military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

FBCB2 Applications

Support Aircraft E-8C Joint STARS

FBCB2 News

There are 9 news between
11 Aug 2006 and 21 Dec 2015
Monday, December 21, 2015FMS: Australia Seeks Three CH-47F Helicopters
Monday, January 26, 2015FMS: Australia Requests Sale of Six M88A2 Hercules Heavy Recovery Vehicles
Wednesday, February 23, 2011Next-Generation FBCB2 System Approved for Fielding
Thursday, February 25, 2010US Army Completes Field Testing of Next-Generation FBCB2 Software
Monday, November 30, 2009US Army Takes Delivery of Next-Generation FBCB2 Software
Thursday, April 23, 2009FMS: Australia Requests Sale of Seven CH-47F Chinook Helicopters
Monday, February 23, 2009US Army Increases Northrop Grumman FBCB2 I Kit Contract Ceiling
Monday, April 9, 2007Department of Defense Releases Selected Acquisition Reports
Friday, August 11, 2006US Army Orders First Improved M1A1 AIM Tanks

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