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« on: October 27, 2009, 05:44:02 pm »

Slimmer, Trimmer US Army Land Warrior System Moves Ahead


General Dynamics C4 Systems received a contract, worth up to $50 million, to supply the US Army with engineering and logistics-support services for the Land Warrior (PDF) integrated modular fighting systems.

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A couple of years ago, it looked like the Land Warrior program was dead due to soldiers’ concerns that the equipment was too heavy and complex. However, after trimming down the system from 17 pounds to 7.2 pounds, the Army is moving ahead with the program. “Infantry-21: Land Warrior’s Reviews – And Resurrection?” has more on the controversy.

The new contract enables General Dynamics’ field service engineers to deploy with all Land Warrior-equipped units and provide support for housing, repairing and shipping spare and replacement Land Warrior gear worldwide…

Land Warrior uses computers, wireless communication, and global positioning technologies to link soldiers digitally on the battlefield. The system is integrated with the soldier’s body armor and has a helmet-mounted display.

The Land Warrior system provides soliders with situational awareness, maps and imagery, and voice and text messaging capabilities. The system can store more than 600 images including photographs of targets and locations.

The soldier views the maps and imagery through the helmet-mounted display, which is pulled down over one eye when needed. Each soldier wearing the system is represented by an icon on the map. Using drop-down menus, commanders can place virtual icons onto a map identifying known enemy locations or other information.

The Army currently owns more than 900 Land Warrior ensembles, 300 vehicle-integration kits and related equipment. This latest General Dynamics’ contract includes maintaining ensembles used for training and those returning from theater. The 1-year contract is valued at $19 million. The contract covers 1 base year with 2 option years and has a total potential value of $50 million if all options are exercised.

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