Army orders $19M in new computer systems

The Army has awarded DRS Technologies a $19 million order to provide rugged Appliqu' Computer Systems and peripheral equipment to the Army's Force XXI Battle Command, Brigade and Below (FBCB2) program.

FBCB2 is a digital battle command information system that gives commanders, leaders and soldiers improved information and enhanced situational awareness on the battlefield.

DRS' Appliqu' Computer Systems support the Army's Blue Force Tracking requirements. They are installed on more than 40 Army and Marine Corps vehicle types, including wheeled and tracked vehicles, in Tactical Operations Centers and other command posts.

DRS said it received the order from the Army's Communication-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command in Fort Monmouth, N.J.

DRS' Tactical Systems unit in Melbourne, Fla., will provide more than 1,700 systems and more than 4,500 hard disk drives.

The Army has successfully equipped more than 25,000 DRS-built Appliqu' Computer Systems under the FBCB2 program, said Steven Schorer, president of DRS' Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence Group.

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