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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 578-96
October 08, 1996

DOD SELECTS FOREIGN DEFENSE EQUIPMENT FOR TESTING

The Department of Defense has selected 37 projects to receive Fiscal Year 1997 funding under the Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) Program.

The FCT Program tests and evaluates foreign non- developmental items from U.S. allies and other friendly nations to determine whether the equipment can satisfy U.S. armed forces requirements or correct mission area shortcomings. Foreign non- developmental items offer cost-effective alternatives to new, and perhaps unnecessary, U.S. developmental efforts and reduce the time to field equipment needed by the warfighter. By evaluating foreign alternatives, FCT stimulates competition from U.S. manufacturers; however, safeguards are in place to ensure that U.S. manufacturers are not placed at any disadvantage and that U.S. industrial base issues are considered.

Foreign Comparative Testing projects are nominated annually by U.S. Special Operations Command and the military services to the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Each proposed project is screened to ensure the item is non-developmental, there is a valid requirement, a market survey has been conducted, and the sponsoring organization has a viable strategy to purchase the foreign item if it tests successfully and offers best value.

The FCT Program, authorized by Congress in 1989, is administered by the Director, Test, Systems Engineering, and Evaluation in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition and Technology).

Of the thirty-seven projects selected for FY 97 FCT funding, 22 are new starts and 15 are continuations of previously- approved projects. Nine projects are sponsored by the Army, 14 by the Navy and Marine Corps, 11 by the Air Force, and 3 by the U.S. Special Operations Command. A list of the FY97 projects is attached. Additional FCT Program information is available on the FCT Homepage on the World Wide Web at http://www.acq.osd.mil/cto.

FCT PROJECTS SELECTED FOR FY 1997

ARMY
AUTOMATIC CHEMICAL AGENT DETECTOR ALARM (UK) *
JOINT RANGER ANTI-ARMOR WEAPON SYSTEM AMMUNITION UPGRADE I (SWEDEN) *
ADVANCED TACTICAL PARACHUTE SYSTEM (FRANCE, UK, SPAIN, SOUTH AFRICA)
IMPROVED MOBILE SUBSCRIBER EQUIPMENT UHF RADIOS (CANADA, ISRAEL, GERMANY, SWEDEN)
INSENSITIVE MUNITIONS HELLFIRE MISSILE MOTOR (UK)
STANDARD ADVANCED DEWAR ASSEMBLY I (UK, GERMANY, FRANCE)
TACTICAL SHOWER UNIT (FRANCE)
1.75-WATT LINEAR DRIVE COOLER (GERMANY)
7.62MM SHORT RANGE TRAINING AMMUNITION (CANADA)

NAVY/MARINE CORPS
ATMOSPHERIC DIVING SUIT (NEWTSUIT) (CANADA) *
BEARING AMBIGUITY RESOLVING SONAR (UK) *
CLOSE AIR SUPPORT/ALL-UP ROUND UNITARY WARHEADS (FRANCE, ISRAEL, UK) *
COMMUNICATIONS FAIRED MAST (UK) *
MOBILE TORPEDO COUNTERMEASURES (C303S) (ITALY) *
MODULAR 5/54 GUN SYSTEM FOR DDG-51 CLASS SHIPS (GERMANY) *
SPECIAL WARFARE MINEHUNTING OUTBOARD MOTOR (UK) *
SURFACE SHIP PERISCOPE DETECTION RADAR (AUSTRALIA) *
ATTITUDE HEADING REFERENCE SYSTEM (ITALY)
EMERGENCY EVACUATION HYPERBARIC STRETCHERS (ITALY, UK)
M-31 SUPERSONIC SEA SKIMMING TARGET MISSILE, EXTENDED RANGE (RUSSIA)
NUCLEAR, BIOLOGICAL AND CHEMICAL ANALYSIS SYSTEM (DENMARK)
REMOTE OPERATING VEHICLE HOT TAP AND PUMP SYSTEM (NORWAY)
TITANIUM NITRIDE COATINGS FOR COMPRESSOR BLADES (RUSSIA)

AIR FORCE
INFRARED FLARE FOR THE C-17 AIRCRAFT (GERMANY) *
MILSTAR TRAVELING WAVE TUBE (FRANCE) *
MODULAR RECONNAISSANCE POD (DENMARK) *
RENAISSANCE VIEW SATELLITE IMAGERY (CANADA, FRANCE) *
F-15 COUNTERMEASURES DISPENSER (SWEDEN)
F-16 600-GALLON WING TANKS (ISRAEL)
MICRO-SATELLITE FOR SPACE EXPERIMENTS (UK)
NEXT GENERATION SMALL LOADER (AUSTRALIA, UK)
NIGHT VISION GOGGLE CAMERA (ISRAEL)
PARACHUTE FLARE PYLON FOR THE F-16 (ISRAEL)
SUPPORTABLE TECHNOLOGY FOR AFFORDABLE FIGHTER STRUCTURES CASTING COMPARISON (RUSSIA)

U.S. SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND (SOCOM)
CHEMRING CHAFF BLOCK (UK) *
JOINT RANGER ANTI-ARMOR WEAPON SYSTEM AMMUNITION UPGRADE II (SWEDEN)
M72 LIGHT ANTI-TANK WEAPON INSENSITIVE ROCKET MOTOR PROPELLANT (UK)

* CONTINUING PROJECTS


A brief description of each project follows.

PROJECTS SELECTED FOR FY97 FCT PROGRAM FUNDING

U.S. ARMY CONTINUING PROJECTS

Automatic Chemical Agent Detector Alarm (UK).
The focus of the automatic chemical agent detector alarm FCT project is to provide the U.S. Army and Air Force with critically needed automatic blister agent and enhanced nerve agent detection capabilities. The UK candidate, developed by Graseby Ionics, was selected to continue into final qualification.

Joint RAAWS Ammunition Upgrade (Sweden).
Produced by Bofors of Sweden, the Joint Ranger Anti-Armor Weapon System (JRAAWS) Ammunition Upgrade Project evaluates an improved series of 84 mm rounds for the Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle to determine if they meet military standards for dual safe fuzes for insensitive munitions. Additionally, a training round that does not have an explosive warhead and is range safe after firing is being evaluated for non-rocket assisted rounds.

U.S. ARMY NEW START PROJECTS

Advanced Tactical Parachute System (France, UK, Spain, South Africa).
The advanced tactical parachute system project evaluates an integrated main and reserve parachute mounted on the soldier's back. This arrangement eliminates the bulky front mounted reserve parachute currently in use and simplifies the parachute harness design. The candidate systems are manufactured by Aerazur (France), Irvin Industries (UK), Parafly (Spain), and Parachute Industries of Southern Africa (South Africa).

Improved Mobile Subscriber Equipment UHF Radios (Canada, Israel, Germany, Sweden).
This project evaluates mobile subscriber equipment UHF radios developed by Marconi of Canada (Canada), Tadiran (Israel), Siemens (Germany), and Ericsson (Sweden) to determine if they meet U.S. Army requirements for improved operation and performance, improved soldier machine interfaces, and enhanced electronic warfare vulnerability resistance. The test evaluates the performance and suitability of the products for replacement of existing AN/GRC-226 radios currently used in the mobile subscriber equipment system and the area common user system.

Insensitive Munitions HELLFIRE Missile Motor (UK).
This project is to qualify an insensitive munitions missile motor for the HELLFIRE missile to improved safety. The candidate is developed by British Aerospace Defense-Royal Ordnance Rocket Motors Division. If qualified, the insensitive motor will be a direct replacement for the existing HELLFIRE missile motor with replacement of the existing motor beginning in FY 98/99.

Standard Advanced Dewar Assembly I (UK, Germany, France).
A Standard Advanced Dewar Assembly (SADA) is the detector module in an infrared imaging system. Advanced SADAs allow infrared systems to detect images and identify targets at significantly greater distances than first generation devices. This project evaluates SADA I candidates developed by GEC Marconi (UK), AEG (Germany), and SOFRADIR (France) for potential use in major systems such as Comanche and Apache helicopter upgrades. Tactical Shower Unit (France). A tactical shower unit, manufactured by SERT and in service with the French Army, will be evaluated to determine whether it meets requirements for U.S. Army contingency operations.

1.75 Watt Linear Drive Cooler (Germany).
Linear drive coolers are used for closed cycle cryogenic cooling of focal plane arrays in second-generation infrared imaging systems. The German AEG cooler will be evaluated for use in the Standard Advanced Dewar Assembly I (SADA I) modules scheduled for installation in major systems such as Comanche and the Apache helicopter upgrade.

7.62 mm Short Range Training Ammunition (Canada).
The 7.62 mm training cartridge developed by SNC of Canada is designed for use on ranges where bullets traveling beyond standard target distances pose safety problems. The training cartridge can be used safely with no damage to training sites, and the cartridge will be evaluated for potential U.S. Army type classification and fielding.

NAVY/MARINE CORPS CONTINUING PROJECTS

Atmospheric Diving Suit (NEWTSUIT) (Canada).
The NEWTSUIT is a lightweight atmospheric diving system developed by International Hard Suit which allows divers to work comfortably and safely in water depths down to 1,000 feet. The system relies on pressure balanced rotary joints to provide advanced range of motion in the limbs. The FCT evaluation will determine whether NEWTSUIT meets a Navy requirement for a submarine rescue diving and recompression system.

Bearing Ambiguity Resolving Sonar (BARS) (UK).
Manufactured by British Aerospace (BaeSEMA), BARS improves torpedo detection by providing rapid single sensor location of incoming threats which allows for more effective countermeasures. BARS provides instantaneous towed array bearing ambiguity resolution of incoming torpedoes independent of either the ship's maneuver or convergence delay requirements.

Close Air Support/ All-Up Round Unitary Warheads (France, Israel, UK).
The Matra Defense (France) and Rafael (Israel) blast- fragmentation penetrating warheads and the British Aerospace Defense-Royal Ordnance Rocket Motors Division (UK) shaped charge warhead are being evaluated by the Navy to meet the Joint Stand- Off Weapon (JSOW) unitary insensitive warhead requirement. Communications Faired Mast (UK). The British candidate under FCT evaluation is a composite submarine antenna faired mast developed by Marconi Underwater Systems Limited. The fabrication method produces a single-piece faired mast that has the potential to reduce fabrication and maintenance costs for the Navy's submarine periscope mounted High Data Rate Communications System.

Mobile Torpedo Countermeasure (C303S) (Italy).
Developed by Whitehead, the C303S is a self-propelled mobile torpedo countermeasure device launchable from submarines. The C303S device is under FCT evaluation to determine if it satisfies the Navy Acoustic Device-Countermeasure (ADC) EX-11 program requirements for submarine-launched mobile countermeasures.

Modular 5"/54 Gun System For DDG-51 Class Ships (Germany).
The Modular Gun System consists of a 5"/54 caliber gun installed in a module developed by Blohm & Voss. The module is fully outfitted with all gun ancillary equipment and provides the gun its structural support and contains all gun/ship system interconnections. The modular concept allows significant shipbuilding cost advantages due to reduced outfitting and checkout time and enhances installation standardization.

Special Warfare Mine Hunting Outboard Motor (UK).
Mine hunting safety considerations require low signature equipment to avoid unintended detonations. A low magnetic signature outboard motor, developed by E.P. Barrus and in use by the British Special Boat Service, is being evaluated to determine if it meets Marine Corps, Navy, and USSOCOM requirements.

Surface Ship Periscope Detection Radar (Australia).
Developed by CEA Technologies PTY, the surface ship periscope detection radar consists of a radar tracker and software for specific target detection and operator alert. The system is being evaluated against a commander-in-chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, requirement for an affordable interim submarine mast detection system for shallow water anti-submarine warfare and littoral warfare.

NAVY/MARINE CORPS NEW START PROJECTS

Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS) (Italy).
An Attitude Heading Reference System manufactured by Litton Italia will be evaluated to determine whether it meets a Navy requirement to replace the unreliable systems currently in use on Navy aircraft. The Italian candidate is fielded in Italian Navy SH-3D aircraft.

Emergency Evacuation Hyperbaric Stretchers (Italy, UK).
Developed by GSE Trieste (Italy) and SOS Ltd (UK), these portable, collapsible chambers provide casualty evacuation from a submerged submarine to land-based hospitals. This FCT evaluation will determine whether the items meet requirements for integration into the Navy's Submarine Rescue Diving and Recompression System (SRDRS).

M-31 Supersonic Sea Skimming Target, Extended Range (Russia).
The M-31 SSST, developed by Zvezda Design and Experiment Bureau, began FCT evaluation in FY 95 to determine whether it meets Navy target requirements to simulate low altitude and speed characteristics of current anti-ship missile threats. This FCT evaluates an extended range variant of the M-31 sea skimming anti- ship weapon.

Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) Analysis System (Denmark).
Developed by Bruhn NewTech, the NBC Analysis system is a component of the Joint Warning and Reporting Network (JWARN). The core of the JWARN is the NBC analysis system software. The system is being tested to determine if it would provide the military services with a state-of-the-art, compact computerized system that rapidly and reliably predicts the effects of chemical attacks and incidents.

Remote Operating Vehicle Hot Tap & Pump System (Norway).
This FCT will evaluate an advanced oil recovery system in use by the Norwegian government to determine whether it is a cost-effective alternative to similar U.S. operations using deep-diving techniques. Manufactured by Frank Mohn Flatoy, the system is a hot-tap integrated with a submersible discharge pump which is mounted on a remotely-operated vehicle. The system is used to recover oil and other pollutants from sunken ships.

Titanium Nitride Coatings for Compressor Blades (Russia).
This project evaluates a titanium nitride coating developed by PRAD which is used in Russian civil and military aircraft engines. Titanium nitride coated blades will be evaluated on U.S. military engine components to determine if there is a reduction in compressor blade erosion, thereby achieving significant cost savings due to reduced vane blade scrap rates.

AIR FORCE CONTINUING PROJECTS

Infrared Flare for the C-17 Aircraft (Germany).
This FCT project assesses the effectiveness of a Buck Industries infrared flare to protect Air Force C-17 aircraft when combined with countermeasures suites being examined by the Air Force's Advanced Strategic and Tactical Infrared Expendables (ASTE) program.

MILSTAR Traveling Wave Tube (TWT) (France).
The traveling wave tube, developed by Thomson Tubes Electroniques of France, is designed for increased operational life in high power amplifiers. The French item is being evaluated by the Air Force for use in ground and airborne terminals for MILSTAR, a joint service survivable satellite communication system. The tube under evaluation is air-cooled, provides more power than present tubes, and incorporates a less expensive, more reliable, off-the-shelf cathode.

Modular Reconnaissance Pod (Denmark).
The Per Udsen-manufactured modular reconnaissance pod is currently in service with the Royal Danish Air Force on its F-16s. The modular reconnaissance pod is designed to accept various sensor packages without modification. This evaluation determines if the pod meets Air Force requirements for a reconnaissance pod capable of housing current and future sensor packages.

Renaissance View Satellite Imagery (Canada, France).
The renaissance view FCT evaluates electro-optical and synthetic aperture radar imagery available from multiple commercial foreign satellites for possible inclusion in the Eagle Vision mobile ground station. Commercial satellites provide low-cost gap fillers to existing surveillance satellites and dramatically improve information access for a joint or combined commander in the field due to real-time data delivery, all-weather capability, and the absence of security releasability caveats.

AIR FORCE NEW START PROJECTS

F-15 Countermeasures Dispenser (Sweden).
This FCT project evaluates a Celsius Tech countermeasures dispenser for Air Force F-15s. This same dispenser was previously tested under the FCT program and procured by the Navy for their F-14 aircraft. F-16 600-Gallon Tanks (Israel). This FCT evaluates 600-gallon fuel tanks and pylons in service on Israeli F-16s. These fuel tanks developed by TAAS Israel Industries would supplement or replace the 370-gallon external fuel wing tanks and jettisonable pylons currently on some configurations of Air Force F-16s.

Micro-Satellite for Space Experiments (UK).
This FCT project evaluates hardware and services developed by Surrey Satellite Technology, Ltd., to determine whether Air Force requirements for low-cost, quick-response space flight missions to fly DOD space experiments can be met with an off-the-shelf micro-satellite spacecraft bus.

Next Generation Small Loader (Australia, UK).
This FCT project will evaluate two foreign loaders to determine if they meet Air Force requirements for the next generation of aircraft cargo loaders to replace the aging and unreliable 25,000-pound loaders currently in the inventory. The candidates are developed by Static Engineering (Australia) and Aircraft Maintenance Support Services (UK).

Night Vision Goggle Camera (Israel).
This FCT will test a Genop, Ltd. camera and optics system that can be mated to current U.S. Night Vision Goggle (NVG) hardware to record images seen by a pilot flying actual or training missions. The camera can be used for both training and actual night mission reconstruction and debriefing.

Parachute Flare Pylon for the F-16 (Israel).
TAAS of Israel has developed a wing pylon for the F-16 which can carry flares and other stores. The wing pylon will allow Air Force F-16s to carry visible flares or covert illumination flares for night vision goggle missions when low or no light conditions exist.

Supportable Technology for Affordable Fighter Structures Casting Comparison (Russia).
This FCT will evaluate advanced fabrication technology for fighter aircraft structures. A center fuselage section developed by the All Russian Institute of Aviation (VIAM) will be used to determine the structural integrity, affordability and supportability of advanced metallic technologies. The fuselage casting represents a single seat fighter configuration that may have similar characteristics to potential future fighters such as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).

U.S. SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND CONTINUING PROJECTS

Chemring Chaff Block (UK).
The chaff block developed by Chemring, Ltd., is a disposable chaff countermeasure unit that provides a matrix of 60 chaff cells. The chaff block will be installed on Air Force special operations C-130 aircraft for evaluation. The chaff block is expected to double the number of chaff bursts currently available while reducing munitions loading manpower requirements, reducing item costs, and increasing reliability.

U.S. SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND NEW START PROJECTS

Joint RAAWS Ammunition Upgrade Phase II (Sweden).
Insensitive munitions are critical for jointly-deployed combat units due to transportability safety issues. This FCT evaluates two types of insensitive munitions ammunition for final certification, and also evaluates an anti-personnel round for type classification and fielding. All the items being evaluated are developed by Bofors AB for the 84mm Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle.

M72 LAW Insensitive Rocket Motor Propellant (UK).
The M72 Light Anti-Tank Weapon (LAW) and its replenishment ammunition are currently being procured for Navy Special Warfare teams under an insensitive munitions waiver. The British Aerospace-Royal Ordnance Division produced insensitive rocket motor propellant is being evaluated to determine if it satisfies the U.S. M72 LAW insensitive munitions requirement.

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