FCS Ground Sensors Development Contracts Awarded


Released on Monday, August 16, 2004
United States of America
Arrowhead
FCS MCS
Sniper XR
CID - Combat Identification
FCS - Future Combat Systems
GSI - Ground Sensor Integrator
IR - InfraRed
LSI - Lead Systems Integrator
MFRF - Multi Function Radio Frequency
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 decisions/efforts.

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 contract.

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 platforms too.

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 SAIC).

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