Future Combat Systems Land Vehicles Enter Development Phase


Released on Monday, December 15, 2003
United States of America
C-130J Super Hercules
FCS MCS
FCS - Future Combat Systems
United Defense and General Dynamics were awarded a $2 billion contract by Boeing and SAIC as FCS-program system integrators for engineering development and demonstration of manned ground vehicles for the US Army Future Combat Systems (FCS) through 2009.

FCS manned Ground Vehicles will be the next generation of main battle tanks, artillery vehicles and infantry carriers. General Dynamics and United Defense will develop eight lighter and smaller manned vehicles than currently fielded ground vehicles to be fit into C-130 aircraft.

General Dynamics will be responsible for the development and integration of the mounted combat system, command and control vehicle, and reconnaissance and surveillance vehicle. United Defense will carry out development and integration of Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) Mortar, Infantry carrier vehicle, Medical vehicle, recovery and maintenance vehicle and the NLOS cannon.

The Manned Ground Vehicle family will feature a common chassis, design, and mission modules with all the variants linked together by networked battle command.

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