The US Army is planning to deploy a lighter and more user-friendly Distributed Common Ground System – Army (DCGS-A), in a bid to reduce complexity issues and make the system easier for soldiers to use.
The DCGS-A system is an intelligence collection, processing, and dissemination tool.
US Army acquisition, logistics and technology assistant secretary military deputy lieutenant general Michael Williamson said: "We have acknowledged that the complexity associated with the buttonology…bringing that information together…has been difficult."
Williamson told lawmakers that challenges with DCGS-A are being addressed in subsequent increments of the DCGS programme, during a hearing on army modernisation, before the Senate Armed Services Committee, subcommittee on Airland.
The changes are expected to be implemented during upcoming evaluations of the system in May.
Williamson added: "I think you will see a completely different perception of how that tool is provided."
In a separate development, the army is also planning to buy 49,099 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV), which will allow it to balance payload, performance and protection compared to Humvee.
The initial operating capability on the vehicle is expected to commence in fiscal year 2018.
US Army G-8 lieutenant general Anthony R. Ierardi said that the army plans to move Apache aircraft from the National Guard to the active component, and to also provide UH-60 Black Hawk aircraft as well as UH-72 Lakota aircraft to the National Guard.
According to Ierardi, the TH-67 Creek training aircraft is expected to be replaced by the Lakota.
Image: Soldier demonstrating the use of a portion of the DCGS-A on Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Photo: courtesy of the US Army.