Army Sees Progress in Weapons Programs

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Top U.S. Army officials on Monday said a $160 billion Future Combat Systems modernization program managed by Boeing Co and SAIC Inc was “on budget, on track,” but could see changes over time.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey said the Army was going through a detailed review of 14 separate weapon systems included in the program to ensure that the technologies involved were on schedule.

“We’re committed to Future Combat Systems. It’s just a question of adjusting as the world changes, and as the need changes,” Army Secretary Pete Geren told reporters at the annual Association of the U.S. Army meeting.

“We’re 100 percent behind it, and we’ll make it a priority in all of our budgeting going forward,” he said, adding there were no major changes to the FCS program planned right now.

“There’s no talk about backing off from the commitment, but … anything is going to evolve as the threat evolves,” he said, adding this was true for most weapons systems.

The Army used the meeting to display five weapons including: a small robot able to transmit live video images of potentially dangerous areas; a tiny unmanned aerial drone; and a cannon artillery vehicle. All will be fielded in 2011.

Those technologies were being tested by soldiers, and early versions were already in use in Iraq and Afghanistan, Casey said in a joint briefing with Geren.


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