Accession Number:

ADA496573

Title:

The Army's Future Combat System (FCS): Background and Issues for Congress

Descriptive Note:

Congressional rept.

Corporate Author:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-03-13

Pagination or Media Count:

28.0

Abstract:

The Future Combat System FCS is a multiyear, multibillion dollar program at the heart of the Armys transformation efforts. It is the Armys major research, development, and acquisition program consisting of 14 manned and unmanned systems tied together by an extensive communications and information network. FCS is intended to replace current systems such as the M-1 Abrams tank and the M-2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle. The FCS program has been characterized by the Army and others as a high-risk venture due to the advanced technologies involved and the challenge of networking all of the FCS subsystems together so that FCSequipped units can function as intended.

Subject Categories:

  • Defense Systems
  • Combat Vehicles

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE