The first Integrated Computer Systems (ICS) were delivered last week to the’s Future Combat Systems ( ) program. The prototype units supplied by the ICS team will provide mobile elements with computing, and information assurance resources to enable current force vehicles to be a part of the network. Bradley fighting vehicles, Abrams main battle tanks and Command Variant HMMWVs will be equipped with ICS as part of the first spin-out of FCS future force technologies in 2008. The ICS team include General Dynamics C4 (NYSE:GD) and Rockwell Collins (NYSE:COL).
The ICS was developed in just 21 months to support the rapid spin-out of FCS capability into existing vehicles. ICS provides a common computing environment for 13 of the 14 platforms in the FCS family of systems, comprising a network of sensors, unmanned aerial platforms and manned and unmanned ground platforms. The ICS integrates a wide range of traditionally independent computing applications into a single, integrated, secure processing environment. It provides the FCS-equipped Units of Action with advanced processing,, data storage and information assurance generating common operating picture for faster decision-making.