Raytheon, the Ground Sensor Integrator (GSI) for the US Army FCS program, has
concluded initials negotiations with contractors selected to fill ground sensor
development requirements on five of the six previously announced
The companies selected have received green light to continue development under
limited funding, with the sixth effort expected to conclude soon. The
sub-contracts awarded are worth approximately $308 million. Lockheed-Martin will
receive $85.1 million for the development of the Aided Target Recognition, and
Reconnaissance and Surveillance Vehicle Mast. The Combat Identification (CID),
Multi-Function Radio Frequency (MFRF), and Medium Range Electro-Optical Infrared
(EO/IR) sensors/subsystems will be developed by Raytheon with a $222.9 initial
The Lockheed-Martin contract will run over 50-month. The Aided Target
Recognition and Reconnaissance and Surveillance Vehicle Mast will be integrated
on a variety of new ground vehicles currently under development by the US Army
FCS program. The FCS ground sensors assigned to Lockheed-Martin will leverage
technologies proven in the Arrowhead and Sniper XR targeting systems.
According to Raytheon, the Medium Range EO/IR sensor will be one of the most
advanced image processing systems in the world. Soldiers will recognize and
identify targets at day/night, adverse weather quicker. The EO/IR sensor
four-year contract is valued at $75.3 million. The CID sensor is a three-year,
$29.6 million program. The CID questions other systems using millimeter wave
technology on vehicles and laser/radio frequency on dismounted soldiers to
determine whether other systems are friend or foe on the battlefield.
Finally, the MFRF sensor will use sophisticated, stealthy radar to alert onboard
protection systems if the vehicle is under attack by anti-armor weapons or other
imminent threat. Ground-to-Air communication, combat identification, long-range
surveillance, and intrusion monitoring will be also provided by Raytheon's MFRF.
The four-year program value is $118 million.
The FCS program will utilize the six ground sensors for integration into new
generation vehicles that will perform network-enabled warfare lengthening the
odds of mission success even when the FCS systems might be outnumbered. The FCS
ground sensors array will provide data and video to be transmitted via the
integrated battlefield communications network, and protection for troops and
Raytheon was selected the FCS ground sensor integrator in 2003 as a result of a
competitive solicitation issued by the Lead System Integrator or LSI (Boeing and
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