Raytheon awarded US Army AFATDS contract
Raytheon has announced that it has received a contract from the US Army to develop and produce a new version of the Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS). The contract, worth $81 million, was announced 24 July 2012.
The new version of the system, version 6.8X, will provide general and fires command and control capabilities to ground forces, from mission planning to execution, and will focus on improving and simplifying the user interface while enhancing speed and capabilities.
AFATDS is designed to integrate and use information from a variety of sources to create a common operational picture. The system utilises the information and common operational picture to plan, coordinate and control battlefield elements, including mortars, close air support, naval gunfire, attack helicopters, offensive electronic warfare, field artillery cannons, rockets and guided missiles.
The contract will extend over a 24-month period, with an $18 million, 12-month option.
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