GE Intelligent Platforms has been awarded a series of contracts to supply embedded computing subsystems for installation on the UK Army’s scout specialist vehicle (SV) platforms.
Awarded by General Dynamics (GD) UK, the £64m contracts cover the supply of a range of embedded computing subsystems, including Ethernet switches, gateway processors and data and video servers, which will form the backbone of the SV electronics architecture.
GE Intelligent Platforms Ground Business Segment leader Andy MacCaig said: "A strength of the GE proposal was that it was based exclusively on COTS, commercial off-the-shelf products, minimising programme risk and cost and reducing time to first deliveries.
"However, an even greater strength was GE’s ability to work in close collaboration with GD UK to fully understand the requirement and to adapt the proposed solution such that it was an exact fit with what was needed."
The Ethernet switch is expected to connect networked elements of the vehicle, while the gateway processor provides the GD software with the processing capability needed to run the platform.
Data and video servers will enable the vehicle to store and distribute vehicle and scenario data and video around the platform and into the wider connected battlefield.
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The scalable, open architecture subsystems delivered under the contract will facilitate easy upgrade of Scout SV vehicles during their lifetime.
GD received a £3.5bn contract in September 2014 to supply 589 Scout SV vehicles in six variants to the UK Army to replace its fleet of existing combat reconnaissance (tracked) vehicles.
The variants include scout reconnaissance, equipment support repair, equipment and support recovery, command and control, protected mobility reconnaissance support (PMRS) and engineer reconnaissance variants.
Developed on a highly adaptable and capable common base platform, Scout SV is expected to offer enhanced intelligence, surveillance, protection, target acquisition and reconnaissance capabilities, as well as a highly effective 40mm cannon.
Deliveries are expected to commence in 2017.
Image: Scout SV will replace the UK Army’s existing CVR (T) vehicles. Photo: courtesy of General Dynamics United Kingdom Limited.