General Dynamics, Rockwell Collins Deliver ICS

By Tish Drake | March 8, 2007
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General Dynamics and Rockwell Collins announced the on-time delivery of the first Integrated Computer Systems (ICS) to the U.S. Army’s Future Combat Systems (FCS) program. General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of the Falls Church, Va.-based company, said ICS is the common computing environment for 13 of the 14 platforms in the FCS family of systems, which comprises a network of sensors, unmanned aerial platforms and manned and unmanned ground platforms. "ICS is the heart of FCS, the U.S. Army's transformational program to enable network-centric warfare," said John van Dyke, director of Net-Centric Systems for General Dynamics C4 Systems. ICS integrates a wide range of traditionally independent computing applications into a single, integrated, secure processing environment. This provides the FCS-equipped Units of Action with unprecedented processing, networking, data storage and information assurance capabilities, the companies said. "ICS accomplishes one of the central objectives of the FCS program - the ability to provide real-time connectivity across the battle space, using common hardware and software," said Woody Hogle, vice president and general manager for Government Integrated Systems at Rockwell Collins.

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