News Land Combat Systems

Program Title Program Management MDA CURRENT_AC ACAT_LEVEL Description
120mm M829E3 APFSDS-T PM, TMAS PEO, GCSS PDRR II The M829E3 is a kinetic energy round being developed to counter explosive reactive armor advancements expected to be fielded early in the next century. Advancements in propulsion and penetration are key elements of this program.
2.75 Inch Rocket Systems PM, 2.75 Inch Rkt Sys CG, IOC PFDOS II This is a family of 2.75 Inch, folding fin, Aerial Rocket Systems (Hydra-70) fired from fixed or rotary wing aircraft. It consists of the rocket, multiple warheads, and launcher, and is used by the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Special Operations.
Applique (FBCB2) PM, Applique PEO, C3S EMD II The Appliqué program (FBCB2) is to field a Digital Battle Command Information System that provides mounted/dismounted tactical combat, combat support and combat service support commanders, leaders and soldiers integrated, on-the-move, real-time/near real-time, battle command information and situational awareness from Brigade down to the soldier/platform level across all Battlefield Functional Areas (BFAs). FBCB2 is located in the mounted and dismounted maneuver (divisional, separate, heavy and light) cavalry/reconnaissance and armored cavalry, mechanized infantry and aviation units; FBCB2 integrates ATCCS located within the Brigade and Battalion.
Army Data Distribution System (Enhanced Position Location Reporting System) (ADDS) (EPLRS) PM, TRCS PEO, C3S PFDOS II ADDS (EPLRS) is a direct outgrowth of the USMC PLRS and will provide battlefield commanders combat information on the position of their forces in addition to supporting the majority of the data needs of the multitude of computers to be fielded as part of the Army Tactical Command and Control System (ATCCS). The ADDS (EPLRS) consists of a Net Control Station which is used to manage up to 460 Enhanced PLRS User Units (EPUUs). The EPUU is a 28 pound medium-speed data radio that can be configured as a Manpack Unit, a Surface Vehicle Unit and an Airborne Vehicle Unit, providing the capacity for medium and high volume data distribution communication on a near real-time basis, position location and navigation, and situational awareness for Army tactical commanders to reduce fratricide.
Battlefield Combat Identification System (BCIS) PM, CID PEO, IEW&S EMD II BCIS is a millimeter wave question and answer friend identification system to reduce battlefield fratricide.
Close Combat Tactical Trainer (CTTT) PM, CATT AAE EMD II The CCTT program provides for the development and fielding of a networked system of interactive computer driven simulators, emulators, and semi-automated forces that replicate combat vehicles and weapon systems, combat support systems, combat service support systems, and command and control systems to create a fully integrated real-time collective task training environment. These trainers enhance realism and allow soldiers and units to learn tactical combat lessons in maneuver, command and control, and improved teamwork for increased survivability, combat effectiveness and warfighting skills.
Command and Control Vehicle PM, BFVS PEO, GCSS EMD II The Command and Control system will be used by maneuver and fire support forces on the battlefield to conduct heavy close combat command and control associated fire support from Corps through maneuver Battalion task force echelons. In order to perform these requirements, the Command and Control Vehicle (C2V) will contain the following major subsystems: modified M993 carrier, BFV 600 HP engine, TEC transmission, 10 meter mast system, primary power unit, armored enclosure, armored liner ballistic protection package, individual/collective Bio-Chem system, environmental control system, 1553 data bus and power distribution system. The C2V will also contain a mission equipment package made up of communication and computer equipment.
Common Hardware Systems (CHS) PM, ATCCS PEO, C3S PFDOS II Common Hardware Systems is the Army’s program to equip the Army Battle Command Systems (ABCS), Strategic to foxhole, with common hardware/software. The overall goal is to improve interoperability and lower life cycle costs by standardizing Battlefield Command and Control (C2) automation through centralized buys of non-developmental items (NDI), ruggedized tactical computers and ancillary items, standard, COE and JTA-A compliant protocols and reusable software. The family of NDI and ruggedized common computer hardware consists of Handheld, Vehicular mounted, and Tent Sheltered systems, and fully meet the specific needs of each Battlefield Functional Area (BFA).
Grizzly (Complex Obstacle Breacher) PM, CMS CG, TACOM EMD II The Grizzly is a combat mobility system capable of conducting in-stride breaches of rapidly emplaced complex linear obstacles. Grizzly incorporates countermine and counterobstacle capabilities in an M1 Abrams chassis-based system with agility and survivability comparable to the maneuver force. Grizzly features a full-width Mine Clearing Blade with automatic depth control. a Power Driven Arm, and an advanced vehicle architecture compatible with future digital battlefield command and control.
HERCULES (Heavy Recovery Vehicle) PM, CMS CG, TACOM PFDOS II The HERCULES is a full-tracked armored vehicle developed to support battlefield recovery of heavy tanks and other tracked combat vehicles (including future heavy combat vehicle systems). HERCULES is based on the M88 recovery vehicle chassis but incorporates significant improvements to towing, winching, lifting, and braking characteristics to allow it to conduct the primary mission of single vehicle recovery of the Abrams tank fleet.
Joint Vaccine Acquisition Program (JVAP) PM, JVAP PM, BD PDRR/PFDOS II The JVAP is an effort to ensure a supply of vaccines and other medical products effective against biological warfare threat agents. This effort entails establishing a prime (systems) contractor who will receive experimental medical products from the DOD S&T base and will work with product managers at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command to establish their safety and efficacy, and to obtain Food and Drug Administration (FDA) licensure. Following FDA licensure the contractor will produce, test, store, and distribute these products as required by the Services to protect U.S. forces. The JVAP also supports the development and production of related medical Biological Defense products, such as antisera.
Land Warrior Program PM, Land Warrior AAE EMD II Land Warrior is a first generation, modular, infantry fighting system providing combat overmatch to Infantry soldiers. Land Warrior integrates night vision, information and communications technologies to improve the lethality, survivability, command and control, mobility, and sustainment of all infantry soldiers on the digitized battlefield. Land Warrior also has an associated Science and Technology effort called "Force XXI Land Warrior" to provide advanced components for technology insertion.
Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement Program (MTVR) (USMC) PM, MTV PEO, GCSS EMD II The MTVR replaces the existing medium tactical motor transport fleet of M809/M939 series trucks with cost-effective, state-of-the-art, technologically-improved trucks. Major improvements include a new electronically controlled engine/transmission, independent suspension, Central Tire Inflation System (CTIS), antilock brakes, traction control, corrosion control, and safety/ergonomic features. This program is managed by the Army for the Marine Corps jointly with the Army’s 5-Ton Truck Extended Service Program (ESP); together they are known as the Medium Tactical Truck Replacement Program (MTTR).
Paladin PM, Paladin AAE PFDOS II The M109A6 Paladin, approved for full-scale production, has been designed to upgrade the M109A2/A3 Howitzer's responsiveness, effectiveness, survivability, and Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability-Durability (RAM-D). This meets the user's urgent need for a product improved system that satisfies the deficiencies cited in these areas by the Mission Element Need Statement (MENS), approved by the Secretary of Defense in December 1980. The production phase of the program involves a combined effort between Letterkenny Army Depot and the contractor. M109A2/A3 howitzers from CONUS and OCONUS field units are being shipped to Letterkenny Army Depot. Letterkenny removes traverse mechanism, disassembles the howitzer, reconditions turret components to be reset in the new turret, and overhauls/modifies the chassis to the Paladin configuration. The reconditioned turret components, and the overhauled/modified chassis with the new M284 Cannon and M182 Gun Mount manufactured by Watervliet and Rock Island Arsenals, respectively, are delivered to United Defense Limited Partnership, Paladin Production Division (co-located at Letterkenny) for final integration, assembly and acceptance testing.
Palletized Load System PM, HTV CG, TACOM PFDOS II The Palletized Load System (PLS) consists of a 16.5-ton payload prime mover (10x10) with an integral load-handling system, which provides self-loading and unloading capability; a 16.5-ton payload trailer; and demountable cargo beds, or flatracks. The PLS performs line haul, local haul, unit resupply, and other missions in the tactical environment to support modern and highly mobile combat units. The PLS truck is equipped with a central tire inflation system (CTIS), which significantly improves off-road mobility. An intermodal flatrack with enhanced transportability, stacking and deployability has been in production since FY95. The Containerized Roll-in/Out Platform (CROP), an A-Frame flatrack which fits inside a 20-foot International Standards for Organization (ISO) Container, was acquired in FY97. The PLS is a primary component of the Maneuver Oriented Ammunition Distribution System (MOADS) in support of field artillery. The PLS will allow interoperability with the comparable British, German and French systems, through the use of a common flatrack. A flatrack-to-truck ratio of 10:1, in theater, has been determined to be the minimum requirement to support MOADS. A container handling unit (CHU) will be fielded to transport 20-foot ISO containers without the use of a flatrack.
Second Generation FLIR, Horizontal Technology Integration (HTI) PM, GEN II FLIR PEO, IEW&S EMD II The objective of this program is to select, develop and demonstrate a greatly increased capability to fight during periods of reduced visibility. The 2nd Gen FLIR promises to provide better resolution and increased clarity at greater ranges than existing systems and will allow combined arms forces to see the same battlespace while achieving cost reductions through commonality and potential economies of scale. The 2nd Gen FLIR will be applied to the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, M1A2 Abrams and the Long Range Advanced Scout Surveillance System (LRAS 3).
Wide Area Mine (WAM) PM, MCD CG, TACOM EMD II WAM is the Army's first generation of a smart, autonomous, top attack munition which will defeat various targets including tanks and both tracked and wheeled vehicles (mobility kill). The initial version includes various sensors (seismic and acoustic) to detect, classify and track a target. Once the target is validated by the internal control electronics and within the 100 meter lethal radius, the mine determines the optimum firing time. The upper portion of the ground platform tilts and fires a munition over the target. The target is acquired by the infrared sensor and a tantalum explosively formed penetrator is fired at the target. The initial version, identified as BASIC WAM, is hand emplaced and can be manually set or remotely set by a one way radio. The follow-on BLOCK I pre-planned product improvement WAM, C2 WAM, will have an advanced two way command and control capability (on-off-on), compound warhead and other sensor and ground platform advancements. The BLOCK I will be hand emplaced. Follow-on efforts planned for WAM in the next century will feature alternative delivery means for deep attack.
Wolverine (Heavy Assault Bridge) PM, CMS CG, TACOM EMD/LRIP II The Heavy Assault Bridge (HAB) is a 26 meter (85.3 ft.) Military Load Class 70 bridge transported on an M1A2 Abrams Tank Chassis. The bridge is capable of spanning gaps up to 24 meters on unprepared abutments. It is launched under armor within five minutes and can be retrieved from either end in ten minutes. The HAB is operated by two Combat Engineers and is employed by combined arms task forces in both offensive and defensive operations. Its mission is to provide gap crossing capability for heavy maneuver forces. It is planned to support Abrams Tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles and is comparable with these systems in mobility and survivability characteristics.