Leonardo DRS secures $44m tactical mission system supply contract

15 October 2020 (Last Updated October 15th, 2020 12:01)

Leonardo DRS has secured a fixed-price contract worth $44m to supply tactical mission systems for an allied customer in the Middle East.

Leonardo DRS secures $44m tactical mission system supply contract
Leonardo DRS will provide advanced situational awareness hardware and software for an allied Middle Eastern customer. Credit: Leonardo DRS.

Leonardo DRS has secured a fixed-price contract worth $44m to supply tactical mission systems for an allied customer in the Middle East.

Deliveries will include Leonardo DRS tactical voice, data and video tactical server, data distribution unit-block 4 (DDU-4), an upgraded digital vehicle intercom system and new rugged multi-touch commander’s display.

Leonardo DRS Land Electronics business unit will supply these tactical mission systems for installation on a range of vehicles and make it available with several brigades.

The products have similar characteristics with the Mounted Family of Computer Systems (MFoCS) II tactical computing products being delivered to the US Army and other allies.

The addition of these systems will provide the operator with on-the-move computing capability with the latest COTS technologies for mission-critical applications in harsh environments.

Leonardo DRS Land Electronics business senior vice-president and general manager Bill Guyan said: “We are honoured to be selected to deliver a world-class tactical C4i capability to support our allies in the Middle East.

“Our solutions leverage many of the same technologies used in our products for the US Army’s Mounted Family of Computer Systems (MFOCS) II programme.

“We are proud to be the world’s leading supplier of mission-critical tactical computing and display solutions, a legacy that continues with this important contract award.”

The company will utilise its Melbourne facility in Florida for the work, with deliveries expected to be completed next year.

Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, US, Leonardo DRS is a US-based defence contractor. Earlier this year, the company delivered its 70,000th MFoCS to the US Army.