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US Army planners and their defence industry partners are making last-minute preparations for Milestone B in the US Army's Future Combat Systems (FCS) programme. Milestone A, which marked the programme's transition to the system development and demonstration (SDD) phase, took place in May 2003.
FCS is being developed to meet the requirements of the US Army's Future Force Unit of Action (UA). As the army's future tactical warfighting echelon, the UA will consist of three FCS-equipped combined-arms battalions, a NLOS-C battalion, a reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition squadron, a forward support battalion, a brigade intelligence and communications company and a headquarters company.
One example of a platform design that could have its first lock at the August SFR is the cannon selection for the NLOS-C system.
"The [NLOS-C concept technology] demonstrator that is out firing [at Yuma] is an XM777 cannon, which is 39 calibres in length," Brig Gen Cartwright said. "The trade-offs are going on now between 37 and 38 [calibres], balancing weight, design concepts and operational capability. It is in the midst of all the other trade study requirements and flow down."
Other trade-off studies are reportedly looking at everything from cannon selection for the ICV to mobility features for all platforms.
Originally posted by blue cell
Well I think by the time the vehicles actually get fielded we will have made amazing advances in light but strong armor. In fact we already have made Composite armored vehicles, and that armor is suppose to be very strong, plus electro-magnetic armor, and reactive electric armor I think there be able to handle Iraq. Plus all the defense systems were working on, heck soon we might have lasers protecting vehicles.
Originally posted by Stealth Spy
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108 billion $ on FCS...now thats a lot
Originally posted by jetsetter
Laser are not at the point where it would be effective to put one on every FCS vehicle to shoot down incoming missiles. There are other systems that are more effective and can be put on every vehicle.