BAE SYSTEMS2003-07-24 07:20:32


BAE SYSTEMS has been selected by the Army Lead System Integrator (LSI) team of The Boeing Company [NYSE:BA] and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to enter negotiations toward a contract to develop and integrate the joint interoperable Ground and Airborne Platform Communication Systems (GPCS and APCS), two critical elements of the U.S. Army's Future Combat System (FCS) network-centric warfighting capabilities.
Under these efforts, BAE SYSTEMS will serve as the GPCS and APCS integrator to develop specifications and provide prototype communications packages that will support the various communications configurations of selected FCS ground and airborne platforms.

Total program value to BAE SYSTEMS, including options, has the potential to exceed $2 billion over the life of the program.

"We're very pleased to be selected by Boeing. We stand committed to meeting the challenge of developing systems to support the U.S. Army's transformation in communication and information dominance,� said Jeff Markel, Communication, Navigation, Identification and Reconnaissance (CNIR) business unit president.
BAE SYSTEMS CNIR will lead a team of world class partners, which includes BAE SYSTEMS Information and Electronic Warfare Systems (IEWS), Nashua, New Hampshire, in this effort. The team will select technologies and develop specifications to support key FCS communications performance characteristics such as survivability, interoperability, mobile secure communications, and apply them on manned and unmanned ground platforms, as well as on unmanned aerial platforms.

CNIR, in its role of integrating communication systems onto FCS platforms, is applying decades of experience in data networking radio solutions. The unit will leverage its major complementary programs, such as Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Cluster 1 and Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T), to develop the FCS Networked Communications System with its objective goal of joint interoperability. The GPCS and APCS programs are essential to enabling FCS to achieve its network-centric warfighting capabilities.

IEWS will leverage its system integrator experiences from the Air Force Compass Call and F-22 electronic warfare programs. As prime contractor for Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) Adaptive Joint C4ISR Node program, IEWS brings domain knowledge expertise that is critical to the success of the APCS and GPCS programs.

About Future Combat Systems

The Future Combat Systems (FCS) program includes building a family of advanced, networked air- and ground-based manoeuvre, manoeuvre support, and sustainment systems that will include manned and unmanned platforms.
FCS will implement, via a Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) architecture, advanced concepts in warfighting by including networked communications, network operations, networked sensors, battle command systems, advanced training systems, integrating both manned and unmanned reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities. This new network will enable improved situational understanding and operations, synchronising these communications in ways that up to now were not achievable. In its end state, FCS will operate as an overarching system that will network existing systems, systems already under development, and new systems to be developed. The network will enable improved Intelligence/Surveillance/Reconnaissance (ISR), battle command, real time sensor-to-shooter linkages, and increase synergy between echelons and within small units.

For more information contact:
Warwick House
Po Box 87
Farnborough Aerospace Centre
GU14 6YU
United Kingdom
Tel:     + 44 1252 373232
Fax:     + 44 1252 383000



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