The British Ministry of Defense announced the beginning stage for the Future
Rapid Effect System (FRES) program with a two-year assessment phase. FRES is the
British counterpart to US Future Combat Systems (FCS).
The assessment phase will be aimed at selecting a contractor, called the Systems
House by MoD, for program management, risk reduction and system engineering. The
prime contractor will provide an objective view of the broad range of
technologies and potential solutions for the FRES systems as well as identify
the industrial capabilities needed to reach that goal.
A contract for the FRES prime contractor or Systems House should be awarded by
late this year. The total number of FRES vehicles needed and their roles will be
determined during the two-year assessment phase.
The FRES program will provide a family of medium-weight, networked, performing
multiple roles, armored fighting vehicles in the next decade. It is a key
element of the British Army transformation and will enable British forces to
carry out rapid deployments worldwide.
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