United Defense Selected for Armed Robotic Vehicle by Army Lead System Integrator for Future Combat Systems
(Source: United Defense Industries; issued Sept. 11, 2003)
SANTA CLARA, CA --- United Defense Industries, Inc. has been selected by the U.S. Army’s Future Combat System (FCS) Lead System Integrator team of Boeing and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to fill an additional role on the FCS team in maturing design concepts for two Armed Robotic Vehicle (ARV) variants.

United Defense and the Lead System Integrator (LSI) will begin definitizing a Phase 1 ARV systems engineering study effort, with a Phase 2 option to enter into Systems Development and Demonstration (SDD). Work on the ARV systems engineering study will be performed at the company’s facility in Santa Clara, Calif.

“United Defense is pleased that the Army and the LSI chose our Armed Robotic Vehicle offering as the best solution to meet the program requirements. This selection is a testimonial to our capabilities in unmanned ground vehicles and robotics – on which we have been working since the 1980s,” said Elmer Doty, Vice President and General Manager, United Defense Ground Systems Division. “United Defense’s system engineering skills and parallel investment in hybrid electric propulsion, advanced materials and survivability enabled us to provide a low risk solution that meets the ARV requirement for the FCS system of systems.”

The ARV is an unmanned, 5-ton vehicle controlled remotely by a dismounted operator or by one located in a Manned Ground Vehicle. The ARV-RSTA variant will provide Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition for the FCS Units of Action, while the ARV-Assault variant will provide direct and indirect fires under remote control in support of mounted and dismounted operations.

In Phase 1, United Defense will mature the ARV system concept, conduct performance modeling and configuration trade studies, and conduct cost as an independent variable (CAIV) analysis.

United Defense was selected in January to join the FCS Manned Ground Vehicle team.

The LSI has described FCS as “a networked ’system of systems’ combining advanced communications and technologies to link soldiers with both manned and unmanned ground and air platforms and sensors. Soldiers in the FCS will control 18 individual systems through an integrated network. As the basis for the Department of Defense's visionary transformation plan, FCS will significantly increase the Army's agility, allowing it to go anywhere and to overcome any adversary. FCS is also designed from the ground up to enhance coordination among all U.S. forces as well as between U.S. and coalition forces. The LSI team, Boeing and SAIC, is responsible for total systems integration.”

United Defense designs, develops and produces combat vehicles, artillery, naval guns, missile launchers and precision munitions used by the U.S. Department of Defense and allies worldwide, and provides non-nuclear ship repair, modernization and conversion to the U.S. Navy and other U.S. Government agencies.

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