DRS Technologies Awarded U.S. Army Contract for Next-Generation Family of
Network Computing Systems
ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 3, 2013
ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --DRS Technologies, Inc., a
Finmeccanica Company, announced today that its Network and Imaging Systems
group has been awarded a competitively bid Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite
Quantity (IDIQ) three-year contract with a potential total value of $455
million for a modular family of computers and display systems that are
expected to form the heart of next-generation network computing technology for
the U.S. Army.
The Mounted Family of Computing Systems (MFoCS) will be installed on ground
vehicles and weapons platforms to provide modular computing capabilities
across the services.
Under the IDIQ contract, DRS will provide dismountable tablets,
platform-computing servers, docking stations, interconnecting cables,
installation kits, and three sizes of ruggedized sunlight-readable
touch-screen display units for more than 40 types of ground vehicles and
weapons platforms. The three-year contract, executed by the Army and available
for the Marine Corps and other services to acquire systems through it as well,
includes options for two one-year extensions.
The family of common computer and display technology will add capability while
reducing the overall size, weight, power and cost of the systems currently
installed worldwide on U.S. military ground vehicles and platforms.
The award marks the most recent DRS accomplishment in a long history of
providing U.S. ground forces with state-of-the-art network computing
"This technology will provide our warfighters with a strategic advantage on
the battlefield and builds on the DRS heritage of supplying cutting-edge
network computing systems for the U.S. military," said William J. Lynn, CEO of
DRS Technologies and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense.
Over the past decade, DRS has delivered more than 180,000 Force XXI Battle
Command Brigade-and-Below (FBCB2) and 25,000 Movement Tracking systems for
U.S. ground forces worldwide. The systems provide critical Blue Force Tracking
of friendly forces and situational awareness for the military.
Mike Sarrica, President of DRS Network and Imaging Systems, said, "U.S.
warfighters deserve reliable systems and the latest in networking technologies
to successfully conduct global operations in all types of environments. Our
partnership with U.S. ground forces began more than one decade ago and has
resulted in the delivery of some 200,000 battle-proven computing and display
systems to the Army, Marines, U.S. Special Operations Command and
joint/coalition forces." The DRS mission, Sarrica said, is "to deliver
quality, leading-edge solutions that enable mission command capabilities with
unmatched reliability and industry-leading cost-effectiveness."
Three levels of computing and display capability in three hardware
configurations will be fielded to meet Joint Force and Army requirements. The
MFoCS family is fully interoperable with already fielded legacy systems,
protecting significant investments in technology that provide distinct
advantages in situational awareness, battlefield digitization and mission
command. The DRS solution will not only meet key Warfighter Information
Network-Tactical requirements, but will also integrate the fielded FBCB2
system, the current Joint Battle Command Platform.
This next generation of computing platforms also includes new technologies
such as the Intel® 3^rd generation Core™ i7 Processor, expanded memory,
greater storage and enhanced Information Assurance. The enhancements will
significantly improve processing capacity and efficiency to run
next-generation software applications such as JBC-P, the Forward Observer
System and the Tactical Ground Reporting System.
The contract will support the Army PEO C3T and Program Manager Joint Battle
Command Platform at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. Design and
manufacturing of the systems will be performed by the DRS Network and Imaging
Systems group in Melbourne, Florida.
DRS Technologies is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and
support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors
worldwide and is the 2013 recipient of the Defense Security Service Award for
Excellence in Counterintelligence as well as three James S. Cogswell Awards
for Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement. The company is a wholly owned
subsidiary of Finmeccanica SpA (FNC.MI), which employs approximately 70,000
people worldwide. Within DRS, the Network and Imaging Systems (NIS) group
manufactures and supports advanced electro-optical sensor systems, and
develops innovative networking capabilities that integrate these sensors in a
broader tactical C4 environment. NIS is based in Dallas, Texas; Melbourne,
Fla.; Cypress, Calif.; Huntsville, Ala.; and the UK. For more information
about DRS Technologies, please visit the company's website at www.drs.com.
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