Following an extensive evaluation process, Boeing and partner Science
Applications International Corporation (SAIC), operating as the Lead Systems
Integrator for the US Army's Future Combat System (FCS) program, today announced
the selection of Raytheon Company's Network Centric Systems division in Plano,
Texas, to develop Active Protection System (APS) technologies that will be
applicable to current force and FCS manned ground vehicles. The FCS APS is a
countermeasure capability that is designed to dramatically increase vehicle
survivability against a full spectrum of threats.
The LSI team will now begin discussions with BAE Systems, the FCS hit avoidance
integrator, and Raytheon to formalize a contract for a three-phased activity
leading to delivery of an effective, tested and producible APS capability. The
potential value of the contract is $70 million.
The Active Protection contract will be executed in three inter-related phases.
The base program, lasting from March 2006 to September 2011, is an engineering
effort to develop a robust APS architecture in partnership with FCS hit
avoidance integrator BAE Systems and the Army science and technology community.
The second phase, or option, lasting from June 2006 through September 2009, is a
risk-reduction effort to accelerate the short-range portion of the manned ground
vehicle APS solution, making this system available to the current force. The
third phase runs from January 2007 to September 2011 and will supply the
complete APS solution, hardware and support for first incremental delivery of
FCS manned ground vehicles.
APS is a subset of a broader suite of capabilities referred to as "hit
avoidance," which, in the context of military ground combat vehicles, are
technologies that provide the capability to defeat threats fired at the vehicles
before they impact. It constitutes a portion of a layered survivability suite
that provides collective vehicle protection against the broad range of threats
vehicles will encounter.
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