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LOCKHEED MARTIN/SIKA INTERNATIONAL RECEIVES $4.75 MILLION MATURATION CONTRACT FOR CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT OF TRANSFORMATIONAL TRACER/FSCS VEHICLE
DALLAS, TX, June 11, 2003 - Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and SIKA International - a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems - have received a $4.75 million contract for technology maturation and evaluation for FCS. This effort continues development of the Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition (RSTA) mission equipment package from the Tactical Reconnaissance Armored Combat Requirement (TRACER)/Future Scout and Cavalry System (FSCS) Technology Demonstrator. The U.S. Army Tank and Automotive Command (TACOM) in Warren, Michigan, is the contracting agency.
The six-month effort will include continued maturation of the RSTA technologies and provide analysis from the original TRACER/FSCS program. The elevated sensor suite with a Comanche Horizontal Technology Insertion (HTI) FLIR system and advanced radar capabilities provides the Scout with an elevated mast capable of on-the-move 360 degree, long-range high fidelity electro-optical capability. An additional advanced Radar System will be matured and separately integrated into the system to demonstrate improved crew capabilities resulting from EO and RF "fused" data and target information.
The culmination of the contract will be a three-week exercise to provide test, demonstrations, and an evaluation exercise at Yuma Test Grounds, Arizona, for the robustness of the integration and packaging of the elevated sensor suite with rapid area search and ATD/ATR capabilities. The accomplishments of this program provide the potential to be leveraged into the Future Combat Systems (FCS) program in the U.S. and Future Rapid Effect System (FRES) program in the U.K.
"During field trials at Fort Carson last summer, the UK Joint Program Manager referred to the SIKA TRACER/FSCS system and it's technologies as one of the most mature transformational systems available," said Ken McGinty, TRACER/FSCS program director for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "Recent success at the Army's C4I On-The-Move exercises at Fort Dix demonstrated continued maturity and development of system integration and packaging of leap-ahead technologies for application to the future force initiatives. We believe the TRACER/FSCS system is proving to have many of the leading technology capabilities needed by US/UK transformational initiatives."
The original TRACER/FSCS program was an international joint development program between the United Kingdom and the United States established to develop a Replacement Armored Reconnaissance System for both countries.
The resulting jointly developed integrated demonstrator is one of two major system engineering and integration activities by the joint development team. In addition to the Fully Integrated System Demonstrator, the team developed and demonstrated in field trials a second C-130 transportable, classified "Integrated Survivability Demonstrator Vehicle."
The innovative system integration and packaging of advanced technologies developed and matured by the SIKA team has created a system that includes: leading edge C4I architecture, high-performing elevated sensors, advanced automotive chassis, turret and cannon development, and advanced survivability characteristics. The team utilized the active participation of "user" soldiers from the UK and US, who were provided virtual prototypes and constructive simulations of the system during design and development. This joint program reflects the early participation of coalition war fighters to refine the coalition requirements and capabilities of the system.
The maturation funding will help the U.S. and U.K. armies leverage some of the $300 million government investment and four years of technical vehicle and RSTA technology maturity from the FSCS/TRACER, PD/ATD program. Industry investment has paralleled that of the governments.
The very successful joint program was started over three years ago with a joint Memorandum of Agreement and the Joint Program Office. The program predated the initiatives on Transformation in the US and Future Rapid Effects System (FRES) in the UK.
SIKA INTERNATIONAL ROLLS OUT TRACER/FSCS CHASSIS
DALLAS, TX – (November 19, 2001) -- The automotive chassis for the SIKA International’s TRACER (Tactical Reconnaissance Armored Combat Vehicle Requirement)/FSCS (Future Scout and Cavalry System) Technology Demonstrator was rolled out recently at a ceremony in Sterling Heights, Michigan.
TRACER/FSCS is an international joint development program between the United Kingdom and the United States established to develop a Replacement Armored Reconnaissance System for both countries. This jointly developed automotive chassis demonstrator is the first in a series of integration activities to produce a “Fully Integrated System Demonstrator” for the Joint Program. Follow-on system integration activities will include high performance reconnaissance and targeting sensors, leading edge C4I technology and advanced integrated survivability systems.
“This roll-out reflects the commitment and dedication of the SIKA Team to fulfilling the needs of the US/UK cavalrymen on future battlefields,” said Roland Asokolis of the Joint Program Office.
The chassis was produced under contract to SIKA International, the prime contractor for the TRACER/FSCS program. SIKA International is a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and British Aerospace Systems, with General Dynamics Land Systems and Vickers Defence as principal subconctactors.
The TRACER/FSCS chassis is transportable by C-130 aircraft and boasts unprecedented high-speed mobility performance for a tracked vehicle. It’s the first combat vehicle designed to employ the use of a band track, which weighs half of a conventional track and is remarkably quieter.
The chassis rollout is a major milestone for the SIKA Team and the TRACER/FSCS Joint Program Office. The TRACER/FSCS program will complete the advanced technology demonstrator phase in July 2002. Following the roll-out in Michigan, the chassis will be flown via C-130 to the SIKA team’s site in Orlando, Florida, for integration of the elevated sensor suite and a series of final System Integration milestones.
The full-up “Scout” system will then be flown via C-130 for testing and demonstration at the U.S. Army maneuver range in Fort Carson, Colorado, in May and June 2002. On the range, the SIKA TRACER/FSCS system will demonstrate, in a dynamic environment, the reconnaissance capabilities required to operate and survive while gathering and disseminating data on real targets in a tactical environment.
US/UK PARTNERS WIN CONTRACT TO DEVELOP ARMY STEALTH RECONNAISSANCE PLATFORM
ORLANDO, Florida and LONDON, February 1, 1999 SIKA International*, the joint Lockheed Martin/British Aerospace company, today secured a $146 million contract for studies into a stealth armored reconnaissance platform for the U.S. and British armies.
FSCS/TRACER* will be designed and developed by SIKA and a powerful team of specialist U.S. and UK companies, securing hundreds of key high-tech jobs. Workshare for the 42-month Project Definition/Advanced Technology Demonstrator contract will be divided equally between the U.S. and Britain.
SIKA will use the most advanced stealth design and systems integration technology to make the vehicle virtually undetectable on the 21st century battlefield.
It is intended to operate deep inside enemy lines, gathering vital information about the positions and strengths of opposition forces, headquarters, artillery sites and other high value targets.
A wide range of detection devices, including acoustic and infra-red sensors, radar and day TV, will potentially be installed to collect all the data, which will then be transmitted back securely to a wide net of users by advanced communications.
A crucial element of the program will be SIKA's ability to make FSCS/TRACER stealthy by a combination of design and systems, drawing on the consortium's vast experience in aerospace and land systems.
The vehicle will be carefully shaped to prevent reflection of radar beams and will be fitted with a variety of stealth systems, including absorptive materials.
British Aerospace chief executive John Weston and Lockheed Martin electronics sector president and chief executive officer Bob Coutts said: "We are delighted to secure this contract so that the SIKA team can now get to work and bring together the best available technology in a strategic partnership fully capable of meeting all requirements."
Ken McGinty, SIKA managing director, said: "Our team is already in place and ready to develop the most cost-effective total solution that provides both armies with the reconnaissance system they require."
THE 1998 UNITED STATES ARMY MODERNIZATION PLAN
NOTE TO EDITORS: The U.S. acronym FSCS stands for Future Scout and Cavalry System. TRACER is the UK army acronym for Tactical Reconnaissance Armored Combat Requirements.
Lockheed Martin Electronics & Missiles, Orlando, Florida, is the lead Lockheed Martin company on FSCS/TRACER.
The SIKA team currently comprises:
The SIKA team currently comprises:
Vickers Defence Systems
Shorts Missile Systems
Future Scout and Cavalry System (FSCS) ATD. FSCS ATD will demonstrate the advanced technologies — e.g., sensors, survivability, communications, mobility, and lethality — required to develop the Army's first dedicated scout/reconnaissance vehicle. Plans call for a robust, competitive demonstration while omitting the traditional demonstration and validation phases as a time and cost saving measure. The demonstration will be conducted competitively under a cooperative program with the United Kingdom. The ATD is scheduled to start in FY98 and is to be completed in FY02.
Multi-Function Staring Sensor Suite (MFS3). This program supplies the advanced sensor technology development to improve the effectiveness and survivability of the combat vehicle. This ATD will demonstrate a compact, affordable suite of advanced integrated sensors to increase long-range noncooperative target identification, reduce time lines, increase detection probabilities of low-signature targets, and detect mortar/sniper fire location. The suite will include staring infrared arrays, multifunction laser and acoustic arrays. This ATD started in FY98 and is scheduled to be completed in FY01.
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Future Combat System (FCS). The Future Combat System (FCS) responds to a requirement for a new close combat system that is a leap-ahead in lethality, survivability, and sustainability. A key element of FCS is the ability of this system to perform expanded battlefield roles in the close heavy battlespace while significantly reducing the logistical support required for deployment and sustainment of such a system. This need for an expanded battlefield role resulted in a change from a Future Main Battle Tank (FMBT) concept to FCS. FCS concept development is focused on candidate armament technologies which are the main design drives for FCS. Also being explored in S&T are alternative power sources and approaches to provide a platform capable of maximum output with minimum logistical demands. Advanced survivability measures will be integrated into the FCS. First Unit Equipped (FUE) is desired for FY15.
Future Infantry Vehicle (FIV). The strategically deployable FIV will provide full dimensional protection and transport for its crew and an 11-man Land Warrior infantry squad to any point on the battlefield. The FIV will dominate maneuver and provide fires at extended ranges with increased survivability. The FIV and variants are anticipated to replace the Bradley family of vehicles and the aging Ml 13 family of vehicles as general transport and medical evacuation vehicles. The FIV needs to begin fielding no later than 2012 to meet projected operational requirements and anticipated threat.
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