Army to buy PCs for vehicles

Army to buy PCs for vehicles

Litton Data Systems of San Diego and Paravant Inc. of Melbourne, Fla., will work with TRW Inc. to provide the Army with more than 6,000 vehicle-mounted PCs this year.

The 3rd Corps' 4th Infantry Division and the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas, will use the ruggedized notebook PCs, known as Appliques. The service and TRW spent 11 months evaluating PCs for the Army's digital battlefield initiative.

The Army plans to install more than 59,500 of the PCs over the next 11 years. The notebooks will run the TRW-developed Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below software, said Brig. Gen. Steve Boutelle, the program executive officer for command, control and communications systems at Fort Monmouth, N.J.

The Litton and Paravant subcontracts are each worth $39 million. The installation of the 6,000 notebooks will take three years.

The Army received funding for the project in this year's budget, but the price per computer cannot exceed $25,000, Boutelle said.

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