BAE Systems Assembles Team for FRES Integration & Support

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BAE Systems presented the industry team assembled to compete for the vehicle integration and support of the Utility Version of the Future Rapid Effect System (FRES). The BAE Systems' led team includes QinetiQ, Cranfield University, GE Aviation, SAIC, and SELEX Sensors & Airborne Systems. The UV is the first and largest element of the FRES program. The successful bidder is expected to customize and build the 8x8 vehicle selected by MoD and support it from the planned initial deployment in 2012 through its entire service life with the British Army, at a potential through-life cost of £50 billion. (More...)

A transparent view of a 'generic' FRES utility vehicle, shown surrounded by active protection modules  and fitted with remotely controlled weapon.  Photo: QinetiQ.FRES is worth up to £16bn for the acquisition phase. It will provide the British Army with up to 17 vehicle variants in five families for a wide range of battlefield tasks. These vehicles will be heavily protected but light enough to be deployed by air.

In October 2007 Thales UK and Boeing (through its Boeing Defence UK subsidiary) were selected to lead the FRES System of Systems Integration (SOSI).

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