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August 2009 Armor News Brief

Introducing New Technologies to the Warfighter

Fielding of advanced C4ISR technology with the lower echelons will introduce new opportunities but also pose new challenges to trainers and recruiters, as it will require recruitment of more technologically savvy personnel. Carefully balanced training and procedures should be implemented, to maintain combat warfighting skills, with physical and psychological endurance, while mastering technological prowess. These new capabilities should address Tactical, Technical Procedures (TTP) training and human factors, as well as careful design of the man-machine interfaces, to best integrate the systems' operation into the soldier's environment, rather than change the soldier's activities to match the new system's needs. (Read more...)

New Networking for the BCT

The network initiative currently under analysis and review, will partly derive from the FCS network technologies, and dovetail into an incremental network strategy to be implemented throughout the U.S. land forces. The network was designed as a central and critical component of the FCS strategy, hence, it was designed to be so robust and resilient, that it required a new vehicle with unique infrastructure available only by the specially designed 'Manned Ground Vehicle' for full implementation. The Army panel will now take a fresh look at these requirements including new capabilities, technologies and lessons learned from the FCS program. (Read more...)

U.S. Army Reshaping Requirements for the Future Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV)

Major acquisition programs currently being formulated will replace major fragments of the FCS. For example, instead of the eight variants of the tracked manned Ground Vehicle, cancelled along with FCS, the Army is seeking new vehicles to be developed under the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) program being formulated these days. (Read more...)

New Equipment to Modernize Combat Brigades

Fielding the elements remaining intact, as the FCS is restructured into the BCT Modernization, will nclude the Honeywell Class I UAV (T-Hawk), iRobot SUGV mini-robot and the family of Unmanned Ground Sensors (UGS) developed by Textron Systems. Other FCS systems continuing as planned, include the Raytheon Non-Line-Of-Sight (NLOS) Launch System and its associated 'Precision Attack Missile' (PAM), which are staying on track for early deployment. (Read more...)

Reshaping Future Combat Systems by Modernizing Brigade Combat Teams

The memorandum by secretary of defense to the department sent by Ashton Carter on 23.6.09 to the Army formally set guidance on the program change. The memo covered 7 steps for a future program. The cancelation of the Future Combat System (FCS) program created 3 major acquisition programs, Major Defense Acquisition Program (MDAP) aiming at modernizing all 73 Army and National Guards Brigade Combat Teams (BCT), rather than the FCS special BCTs planned under cancelled program. (Read more...)

Oshkosh Receives Second M-ATV Production Contract

Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) has received an additional $1.06 billion delivery order from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM LCMC) for the delivery of 1,700 MRAP All Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV) to the U.S. Armed Forces by February 2010. The new delivery order follows an initial $1.05 billion delivery order Oshkosh Defense received last month, for 2,244 M-ATVs. The new contract also includes spares and support for the fielded vehicles, commencing April 2010.

Marines, SOCOM to Equip MRAP with Independent Suspensions

Force Protection, Inc. has received contracts worth $70 million to equip 1,317 Cougar MRAPs with independent suspensions. The new outfit is expected to be completed by February, 2010 Together with the suspension kits awarded to Oshkosh, the total program cost is expected to reach $228 million. (Read more...) BAE Systems will also upgrade about 300 RG-31s Category I MRAPs with independent suspensions. These vehicles are operated by the US Special Operations Command, under a $95 million program awarded later in July 2009.