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Raytheon to Develop Hard-Kill Active Protection System for FCS Vehicles

File image of an FCS class vehicle that will make use of new hard-kill Active Protection Systems.
by Staff Writers
McKinney TX (SPX) Apr 26, 2006
Raytheon Company has been awarded a contract worth up to $70 million from BAE Systems to develop the hard-kill Active Protection System (APS) for Future Combat System (FCS) vehicles under a three-phase agreement. The initial phase is pegged at $10 million.

The Boeing Company, FCS Lead Systems Integrator, announced the selection of Raytheon as the APS developer earlier this month.

APS is a key element in a full-spectrum suite of "hit avoidance" technologies designed to keep FCS manned ground vehicles and their troops safe from harm.

Using FCS's sensors and its common radar, the APS detects, tracks and defeats enemy threats with precision munitions in the blink of an eye.

"This selection will tap Raytheon's sensor, fire control and interceptor expertise to accelerate APS's development and integration with FCS manned ground vehicles and 'spin out' to current force vehicles," said Dennis Muilenburg, FCS program manager and Boeing vice president.

"BAE Systems is pleased to have a world-class product developer like Raytheon on the team to develop this critical element of FCS technology. We are looking forward to working with Raytheon on the development and integration of the active protection hard-kill subsystem into the overall vehicle suite of defensive capabilities. Raytheon brings a comprehensive systems engineering approach and innovative technology options to the APS development effort," said Sam Cole, FCS Manned Ground Vehicle program manager for BAE Systems.

"APS will shield warfighters and their vehicles from enemy threats," said Glynn Raymer, vice president of Raytheon Combat Systems. "Using a combination of sensor technologies and precision counter munitions instead of heavy armor, the new system will also help FCS meet its survivability requirements."

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