The US Army has awarded the first production delivery order to Leonardo DRS for the next-generation mission command computing system, the Mounted Family of Computer Systems (MFoCS) II.
The contract was awarded by the Defense Information Technology Contracting Office of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).
Valued at $132m, the initial delivery order was placed with the Land Electronics business unit of Leonardo DRS on behalf of US Army Program Manager, Mission Command and US Army Program Executive Office Command, Control and Communications-Tactical.
As part of the terms of the order, Leonardo DRS will be required to supply dismountable tablets, processor units, docking stations, keyboard units and interconnecting cables to the army.
In addition, the company will provide several sizes of ruggedised sunlight-readable multi-touch-screen display units.
DRS Land Electronics business vice-president and general manager Bill Guyan said: “We are very proud to deliver these advanced MFoCS systems for joint service use to the US Army and Marine Corps.
“As the army continues its modernisation efforts, MFoCS will serve as a critical enabler of the mounted computing environment and the modernised network.
“MFoCS II was designed to meet the extreme requirements of mission-critical reliability in the most demanding environments combined with robust security enhancements to ensure trusted performance today and into the future.”
The latest order falls under the original contract awarded for the programme on 25 May 2018. The single-award, indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract has a ceiling value of $841.3m.
The MFoCS II is a modular, scalable system designed to support the army’s modernisation plan for tactical platforms such as ground combat vehicles, combat service support vehicles and command posts.
It features a dismountable tablet, an expandable rugged platform computer and 12in, 15in and 17in sunlight-readable rugged displays.
According to the company, the MFoCS II contract will help meet the continued fielding and upgrades requirements of the US Army’s Joint Battle Command-Platform (JBC-P) programme.