The first Integrated Computer Systems (ICS) were delivered last
week to the U.S. Army’s Future Combat Systems (FCS) program.
The prototype units supplied by the ICS team will provide mobile
FCS elements with computing, networking and information assurance
resources to enable current force vehicles to be a part of the
FCS network. Bradley fighting vehicles, Abrams main battle tanks
and Command Variant HMMWVs will be equipped with ICS as part
of the first spin-out of FCS future force technologies in 2008.
The ICS team include General Dynamics C4 (NYSE:GD) and Rockwell
The ICS was developed in just 21 months to support the rapid
spin-out of FCS capability into existing vehicles. ICS provides
a common computing environment for 13 of the 14 platforms in
the FCS family of systems, comprising a network of sensors,
unmanned aerial platforms and manned and unmanned ground platforms.
The ICS integrates a wide range of traditionally independent
computing applications into a single, integrated, secure processing
environment. It provides the FCS-equipped Units of Action with
advanced processing, networking, data storage and information
assurance generating common operating picture for faster decision-making.