FCS Manned Ground Vehicle Design Team Announced

Released on Thursday, January 23, 2003
DARPA - Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
FCS - Future Combat Systems
IOC - Initial Operational Capability
SDD - System Development and Demonstration
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the US Army announced the award of $36 million to the Lead Systems Integrator (Boeing/SAIC) to form an Integrated Design Team for the manned ground vehicle portion of the FCS program.

General Dynamics and United Defense, along with the Lead Systems Integrator, will comprise the Integrated Design Team.

The US Army has determined that the design of manned ground vehicles for the FCS program must be initiated immediately in order to achieve the FCS timeline. The Integrated Design Team will now focus on assessing the requirements of the 8 manned ground vehicle variants. That duty includes developing preliminary designs for each vehicle and identifying the components and subsystems that will be common to all.

The Integrated Design Team will reduce schedule risk and support the US Army transformation until SDD decision planned for May 2003.

FCS is a networked "system of systems" that uses advanced communications and technologies to integrate the soldier with manned and unmanned platforms and sensors. When fielded, this program will provide the US Army with highly agile and lethal combat units called the Objective Force.

Currently, DARPA manages the Concept and Technology Development of the program. Following entry into SDD phase, the US Army Executive Program Office for Ground Combat Systems will take care of systems integration, production, fielding and sustainment.

The Army plans for FCS first unit in 2008, achieving IOC by 2010.


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