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Leonardo DRS announced on 3 April that the company has received its first delivery order, valued at over $132.1 million (€117 million) for the next generation of US Army mission command computing systems – the Mounted Family of Computer Systems (MFoCS II). Placed on behalf of the Army’s Program Executive Office – Command, Control and Communications – Tactical (PEO C3T), the order is the first delivery task against the contract awarded to DRS in May 2018. Under this delivery contract, Leonardo DRS will provide the Army with dismountable tablets, processor units, docking stations, keyboard units, interconnecting cables, and multiple sizes of ruggedised sunlight-readable multi-touch-screen display units

MFoCS II is a modular, scalable system that supports the Army’s current modernisation strategy for ground combat vehicles, combat service support vehicles, and command posts. It will support the continued fielding and upgrades of the Army’s Joint Battle Command – Platform (JBC-P) and features critical system capability upgrades, cybersecurity improvements, and multi-touch displays.  In addition, there are significant performance enhancements of the platform computing server as the Army continues to improve the JBC-P systems used for tactical situational awareness, global ‘Blue Force Tracking’ and In-Transit Visibility logistics tracking.

“We are very proud to deliver these advanced MFoCS systems for joint service use to the US Army and Marine Corps. As the Army continues its modernisation efforts, MFoCS will serve as a critical enabler of the Mounted Computing Environment and the Modernised Network,” commented Vice President and General Manager of the DRS Land Electronics business, Bill Guyan. “MFoCS II was designed to meet the extreme requirements of mission-critical reliability in the most demanding environments, combined with robust security enhancements to ensure trusted performance today and into the future.”

A critical component of MFoCS II is the cyber-hardening technology inside the hardware.  This cyber secure technology, called Edge-Assured, ensures commanders are operating trusted and protected computer systems through all types of user operations. MFoCS II also retains key components and features of the first generation MFoCS platform, including a dismountable tablet, an expandable rugged platform computer and 12, 15 and 17 in sunlight-readable rugged displays, featuring multi-touch functionality.

The MFoCS II units will feature primarily in US Army and Marine Corps vehicles, though their flexibility means they will also be found in other operating environments. (Photo: Leonardo DRS)

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