Boeing’s Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been selected as the Lead System Integrator (LSI) for the US Army’s Future Combat Systems (FCS).
The win is said to represent a key component in Boeing’s vision of the integrated battlespace of the future, where networked information and communications systems provide a competitive edge to soldiers in the field and commanders in the control room.
The FCS agreement, subject to negotiations, has an expected value of $154 million, which represents a portion of the program, which is estimated at $4 billion over the next five years. The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), working with the army, is the contracting agency.
FCS is said to be a networked system of improved communications links and lighter, more mobile armoured vehicles that is, in effect, the backbone of the US army’s long-term transition plan to reach what it calls the ‘objective force.’
FCS will serve as the core building block to develop what the army calls ‘overmatching’ combat power, sustainability, agility and versatility necessary for full-spectrum military operations.
This next-generation objective force will be lighter and more mobile; the army transformation requirements include the ability to put a combat-capable brigade anywhere in the world within 96 hours, a full division in 120 hours, and five divisions on the ground within 30 days.