US Army Signs Agreement to Increase Funds for FCS Development

Released on Monday, August 9, 2004
FCS - Future Combat Systems
LSI - Lead Systems Integrator
OTA - Other Transaction Agreement
SDD - System Development and Demonstration
Boeing and the US Army have signed an agreement to increase the Future Combat Systems (FCS) program System Development and Demonstration (SDD) funding up to $6.4 billion

This modification will allow to accelerate the development work and to expand the scope of the program delivering FCS-related technologies and capabilities to current forces faster. The program's SDD expansion will be accomplished by adding four different 'spirals' of capabilities to current forces. While funding the FCS network and its 18 core systems including four systems that were previously deferred.

Under the terms of this agreement, the US Army will be able to begin fielding FCS capabilities in 2008 with more than 30 modular brigades equipped with FCS capabilities through 2014. The first US Army fully-equipped FCS unit of action is expected in 2014.

Boeing and Science Applications International Corporation or SAIC are partnered as the FCS lead system integrator (LSI) team. In December 2003, the $14.78 billion SSD phase Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) was signed. The existing OTA modification agreement sets a ceiling of $6.4 billion to be definitized in early 2005.


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