Textron joins Future Combat Systems program

Textron Systems has finalised a contract worth an estimated $38 million to develop Unattended Ground Sensor systems for the US Army’s Future Combat Systems program.

Textron Systems has finalised a contract worth an estimated $38 million to develop Unattended Ground Sensor (UGS) systems for the US Army’s Future Combat Systems (FCS) program.

Textron Systems will be developing an unattended ground sensor system capable of detecting, classifying, locating and tracking ground vehicles, low flying aircraft and personnel, in rural and urban environments, and transmitting that information via the FCS C4ISR (Command, Control, Communication, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance network) net.

Textron Systems joins 22 other partners selected as part of a ‘Best of Industry’ team to lead the system development and demonstration phase of the Army program. The industry team is led by Boeing and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) who, together, serve as the Lead Systems Integrator (LSI) for FCS.

FCS is a networked ‘system of systems’ that integrates troop carriers, self-propelled artillery, manned and unmanned ground vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles and sophisticated sensors.

FCS uses advanced communications and other technologies to link soldiers with the components of the system, giving them access to data that can provide a much more accurate picture of the combat environment than is now available. The new equipment will replace many of the heavier tanks and other vehicles that have been in the US Army’s inventory.

FCS is said to be on a ‘fast track’ to development, with full production planned to begin in 2010. System Development and Demonstration is expected to cost approximately $14.9 billion, and be completed by 2008.

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