Onward FCS soldiers

General Dynamics Land Systems has been awarded $2 billion for engineering development and demonstration of a family of manned ground vehicles for the US Army’s Future Combat Systems program.

General Dynamics Land Systems has been awarded $2 billion by Boeing for engineering development and demonstration of a family of manned ground vehicles for the US Army’s Future Combat Systems (FCS) program.

Under this contract, General Dynamics is leading the Manned Ground Vehicle common design team through engineering development, testing and demonstration of prototypes.

According to General Dynamics, Manned Ground Vehicles will be a new generation of Army combat vehicles replacing today’s tanks, artillery and infantry carriers. General Dynamics is also responsible for the development and integration of the Mounted Combat System, Command and Control Vehicle, and Reconnaissance and Surveillance Vehicle through 2009.

General Dynamics and United Defense Limited Partnership, which received a similar subcontract, together have formed an integrated design team to develop and demonstrate a family of eight manned ground vehicles sharing common components and subsystems. These new vehicles will be smaller and lighter than the systems they replace, and designed to fit into a C-130 airplane.

To date, General Dynamics has been awarded contracts valued at approximately $2.5 billion for FCS-related work.