General Dynamics Decision Systems, a General Dynamics subsidiary, has been
awarded a $60 million contract by the US Army to enhance the current version of
the Land Warrior System.
This system includes personal electronics, communications, global navigation and
other integrated equipment. Land Warrior also enhances interoperability with the
battlefield command and communications systems found on Stryker Brigade Combat
Team vehicles and FCS.
The total potential value of the Land Warrior program with all options exercised
is estimated in $791 million.
The Land Warrior enhances lethality, survivability, battle command, mobility and
tactical awareness to US soldiers. The Land Warrior also allows the soldier to
pass and receive data from Stryker vehicles and the whole combat area. Land
Warrior is compatible with the FBCB2 software, the core of the Army's
Land Warrior consists of several subsystems, including a weapon system, a
integrated helmet assembly and protective clothing. Through a helmet-mounted
display, a soldier can view computer-generated graphical data, digital
maps, intelligence information, troop locations and imagery from a
weapon-mounted thermal sight and video camera.
This capability allows a soldier to see around a corner, acquire a target, and
then fire the weapon without risking exposure to enemy fire.
The Land Warrior could be combat-ready as early as 2004. The first systems under
this contract are scheduled for delivery in 2005.
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