Boeing receives contract for FCS spin out production

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The US Army has awarded Boeing an $18.7 million contract to deliver some equipment developed under the now-cancelled Future Combat System (FCS) programme by the year after next.

The company says Boeing, in coordination with its partner, Science Applications International, will now procure the items required to produce the Class I Block 0 Unmanned Aerial Systems, Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles, Tactical and Urban Unattended Ground Sensors and Network Integration Kits.

“These early capabilities are scheduled to be fielded to the first infantry brigade combat team in 2011. The systems will enable soldiers at the squad, platoon and company level to exchange images and data across a shared mobile network for the first time,” Boeing says in a statement.
“This contract award is a vote of confidence in the technological maturity of these ‘Spin Out` capabilities,” says Gregg Martin, Boeing vice president and Future Combat Systems program manager.

“These ‘Spin Outs` represent a system of systems, capabilities-based approach for delivering incremental and integrated brigade capabilities, including increased intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance across the full spectrum of operations.”