Army will issue Future Combat Systems RFP

The Army plans to release a request for proposals in mid-February to begin the system design and demonstration phase of the Future Combat Systems program to modernize soldiers' equipment and weaponry.

The RFP will cover manned and unmanned systems both airborne and on the ground, select sensors and common software packages, said Major Gen. Joseph L. Yakovac, program executive officer for ground combat systems in the Tank Automotive and Armaments Command.

By May 15, the Army will present a milestone report to the Defense Department.

A key thrust of the report will be the Army's plan to integrate command and control software in FCS vehicles and in the subsystems that hook up to the vehicles, Yakovac said.

FCS is a collaborative program run by the Army and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The fleet of ground battle vehicles being built under the program will eventually tie into the $6.6 billion Warfighter Information Network-Tactical program.

Through WIN-T, the Army plans to build a high-speed, high-capacity network for wired and wireless voice, data and video communications for soldiers on the battlefield, whether they are in combat vehicles, manning mobile radio systems or located at stationary command posts.

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