Raytheon’s Network Centric Systems division has been selected to develop Active Protection System (APS) technology for US Army ground vehicles as part of its Future Combat System (FCS) programme. Boeing, who along with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) is leading the programme, said the potential value of the contract is $70 million.
The project aims to deliver a “hit avoidance” system, which can defend military vehicles from rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons fired at close range.
The Active Protection contract will be executed in three phases. The base program, running from March 2006 to September 2011, will put the engineering architecture in place.
The second phase, from June 2006 through September 2009 will make the short-range APS solution available to current military vehicles.
The third phase will run from January 2007 to September 2011 and will supply the complete APS solution, hardware and support for the first delivery of new FCS manned ground vehicles.