Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Military Space News .




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



Future Force Warrior Passes Major Milestone

Future Force Warrior is the Army's flagship science and technology program
by Staff Writers
Natick, MA (SPX) Sep 08, 2006
The Army's Future Force Warrior (FFW) system is one step closer to being fielded as the Ground Soldier System following a successful demonstration in August of its electronic networking capability.

Developed and managed by the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Center (NSC) with General Dynamics C4 Systems as the lead integrator, FFW is the Army's flagship science and technology program, aimed at integrating "best in class" technologies from the Army's Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM) enterprise, other government agencies, and industry to enhance the combat effectiveness of the Soldier and Small Combat Unit.

Carol Fitzgerald, program manager for the FFW Advanced Technology Demonstration (ATD), said that last month's success marked a major milestone for the program.

"This was the first of two incremental design phases, in which we have successfully demonstrated network interoperability of the Soldier/Small Combat Unit (SCU) with the future force network," she said.

"This achievement satisfied the program's top level goal for its first incremental design and was completed three months ahead of schedule," she said.

According to Fitzgerald, the FFW Technology Program Office delivered early prototypes of the "Increment 2" design, enabling risk reduction of the system that will continue to be enhanced throughout the remainder of the program, which is scheduled to conclude in late 2007.

To achieve this success, NSC has worked with a number of their sister Centers, including the Communications and Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC).

"Natick participated in CERDEC's Command, Control, Communication, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) On-the-Move (OTM) program," said Fitzgerald. "This allowed us to leverage an important Army field experimentation venue to assess multiple developmental technologies addressing future force network integration, including FFW."

As the lead organization for the FFW ATD, NSC is responsible for the successful integration of all FFW-related technologies developed by government and non-government partners and ensuring that the final product seamlessly incorporates state-of-the-art technologies into one Soldier-friendly package.

"Through NSC's participation in this experiment, the Army has gained valuable Soldier feedback on network/communications capabilities as well as Soldier acceptance feedback regarding the many aspects of the advanced FFW combat ensemble," said Fitzgerald.

The FFW Increment 1 capabilities demonstrated at the OTM included: SCU integration into the future force network via the Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW); demonstration of the Soldier Protective Individual Equipment System (SPIES), an advanced body armor and load carriage system; demonstration of cooperative engagement/networked fires using digital target handoff and Non Line of Sight (NLOS) fire; demonstration of headgear thermal and Image-Intensification (I2) sensor fusion; demonstration of system voice control; and simulation of physiological status monitoring.

In addition, the FFW early Increment 2 capabilities demonstrated at OTM included: demonstration of Leader level Command and Control (C2) via FalconView (leveraged from the US Air Force), system voice control, integrated Class I Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) imagery, look-down display integrated into combat goggles, and advanced power management devices to extend mission duration; demonstration of Soldier level Situational Awareness (SA) leveraged from CERDEC's Command and Control Mobile Intelligent Net-Centric Computing System (C2MINCS) program; Warrior Physiological Status Monitoring (WPSM); and deeper integration of electronics into the FFW combat ensemble.

Fitzgerald said that the FFW is spiraling mature components to enhance the Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier's Land Warrior system, designed for Stryker and current force interoperability.

"FFW will transition to the PEO Soldier in fiscal year 2008 to support the Army Requirements Oversight Council (AROC)-approved Ground Soldier System -- the next version of Land Warrior, which supports Future Combat Systems (FCS) and future force interoperability," she said.

"FFW participation in this major Army experimentation venue helps the Future Combat Systems program address their risks of dismounted Soldier integration into FCS," said Fitzgerald. "The FFW ATD is scheduled to conclude at the end of 2007, with participation in C4ISR OTM 07 and Air Assault Expeditionary Force (AAEF)/Spiral D serving as the culminating events."

Related Links
The latest in Military Technology for the 21st century at SpaceWar.com

Iran Corrects Claims Over New Fighter This Time It Is An F-5
Tehran (AFP) Sept 7, 2006
Iran announced on Thursday it has developed a new war plane -- named the "Azarakhsh" (Lightning) -- which it describes as similar to the American F-5. "The Azarakhsh fighter jet has been completely manufactured by Iran and it is comparable to the F-5 fighter jet," Brigadier General Javad Mohammadian was quoted as saying by the state news agency IRNA.







  • Alliance With Bush By Blair Was Great Error
  • Chinese Investments Welcome But After Security Concerns Are Met Says India
  • Russia Calls Off Joint US Exercises Scheduled For End Of September
  • US Confirms Major Power Meeting On Iran In Berlin

  • Russian Strategic Missile Test Fails
  • Rhetoric Needs To End For US-Iran Dialogue Says Khatami
  • US Envoy Says North Korea Talks In Bad Way
  • Iran Sanctions Essential Says US

  • Louisville Facility To Build NLOS-LS Precision Attack Missile
  • Raytheon's Louisville Facility to Build NLOS-LS Precision Attack Missile
  • Iran Tests Tactical Missile During War Games
  • Raytheon Company Awarded $266M Standard Missile-3 Contract

  • Successful Test A Giant Step For BMD
  • US Anti-Missile Shield Could Spark Arms Race Warns Russian Army Chief
  • Israeli Defense Chiefs Upgrade BMD Plans
  • Raytheon Helps Ballistic Missile Intercept In Space

  • US Sanctions On Russia Could Hurt Boeing
  • Boeing Puts Aircraft Market At 2.6 Trillion Dollars
  • Innovative Solutions Make Transportation Systems Safer Secure and Efficient
  • Joint Strike Fighter Is Not Flawed Finds Australian Government

  • 17 Million Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Facilities Project Approved
  • Teal Group Predicts World UAV Market Will Top $54 Billion Over Next Decade
  • Israeli Elbit To Build Drones In Poland
  • Sagem Defense Securite Transforms Danish UAVs For Canadian Forces

  • Adrift In A Complex War In The Sands Of Eden
  • Outside View: Making progress in Iraq
  • Analysis: Kurds Raise Flag Amid Fears Of War
  • Democrats Push Bush To Sack US Defense Chief Rumsfeld

  • Future Force Warrior Passes Major Milestone
  • Iran Corrects Claims Over New Fighter This Time It Is An F-5
  • US Probe Of Lucent's China Operations Heats Up
  • Stryker Teams Train With New Vehicles

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2006 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA PortalReports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additionalcopyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement