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DRS To Shape Mounted Computer Family

Sep. 9, 2013 - 03:13PM   |  
By Michael Peck   |   Comments
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DRS Technologies has won a contract, valued at up to $455 million, to develop the Mounted Family of Computing Systems (MFoCS), which will be installed on vehicles and weapon platforms.

Under the three-year, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, which was executed by the U.S. Army and will be available to the Marine Corps and the other services, the company will develop a modular family of computers and displays.

“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,” said a DRS press release. “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.”

There will be three levels of computing and display capabilities in three hardware configurations, depending on the needs of the Army and the other services. MFoCS will be interoperable with legacy battle command systems, including Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below. Additional features include an Intel i7 processor, greater memory and better information assurance. This will help MFoCS run next-generation software such as Joint Battle Command-Platform (JBC-P), the Forward Observer System and the Tactical Ground Reporting System.

The contract will support the Army’s Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T) and Program Manager JBC-P. Design and manufacturing of the systems will be performed by the DRS Network and Imaging Systems group in Melbourne, Fla.

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