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US Army to adopt new battlefield data system

Antony Savvas

The US Army is to adopt a new data search and transfer system to aid soldiers’ performance in the battlefield.

Fast Search & Transfer (FAST) has been selected by US Army supplier Boeing to integrate the FAST Enterprise Search Platform (FAST ESP) into the System-of-Systems Common Operating Environment (SOSCOE) of the US Army’s Future Combat Systems (FCS).

FAST president Ali Riaz said, “The FCS programme is considered the foundation for the army’s future and will utilise advanced communications and technologies to ensure it can overcome any adversary.”

Under the terms of the multi-year, multi-million-dollar contract, FAST will provide Boeing with the necessary products and support to incorporate FAST ESP into the Future Combat Systems environment to further extend and evolve search capabilities for the army.

FCS is an army transformation initiative designed to link soldiers to a wide range of weapons, sensors and information systems via a mobile network.

The added level of connectivity and visibility will enable geographically dispersed combat and support units to synchronise mission-critical operations and improve interoperability, said FAST.

FAST search capabilities will fit within the service-oriented architecture (SOA) of SOSCOE to support multiple applications independently and simultaneously.

 

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