US Army orders vehicle installation kits for next-generation MFoCS II

15 July 2019 (Last Updated July 15th, 2019 11:02)

The US Army Project Manager Mission Command has awarded a contract to Leonardo DRS to deliver vehicle installation kits (I-Kits) for the next-generation Mounted Family of Computer Systems II (MFoCS II).

The US Army Project Manager Mission Command has awarded a contract to Leonardo DRS to deliver vehicle installation kits (I-Kits) for the next-generation Mounted Family of Computer Systems II (MFoCS II).

The indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract has an estimated value of up to $28.3m.

This is the second contract awarded to Leonardo DRS for the delivery of I-Kits. In April, the company secured the first $132.1m production delivery order for the next-generation MFoCS II.

The procurement of additional I-Kits will support the army’s ongoing fielding of MFoCS mission command computing systems across operational units.

Leonardo DRS Land Electronics business vice-president and general manager Bill Guyan said: “We are proud to use the capacity of our manufacturing centre of excellence to produce these vehicle installation kits and improve overall throughput for the army.

“Ultimately we want to ensure the army can continue to deliver mission command capabilities to soldiers as fast as possible.”

MFoCS II Mission Command hardware will be deployed in support of maintaining the army’s next-generation friendly force tracking system Joint Battle Command – Platform (JBC-P).

Upgrades of the platform include critical system capability upgrades, cybersecurity improvements, and multi-touch displays.

The army is also refurbishing the JBC-P systems that perform tactical situational awareness and global ‘Blue Force Tracking’ and in-transit visibility logistics tracking.

The process involves undertaking performance enhancements of the platform computing server.

Using computing and display hardware such as tablet PCs, processor units, keyboards, removable solid-state storage, and display units, MFoCS II supports situational awareness Command and Control and manoeuvre capability.