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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 540-98
October 19, 1998

DOD SELECTS FOREIGN DEFENSE EQUIPMENT FOR TESTING

The Department of Defense (DoD) has selected 36 projects to receive fiscal year 1999 funding under the Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) Program. The FCT Program, authorized by Congress in 1989, is administered by the director, Defense Security Cooperation Agency with fiscal and policy oversight by the director, Test, Systems Engineering and Evaluation, office of the under secretary of Defense (Acquisition and Technology)

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. 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 the U.S. Special Operations Command and the 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 thorough 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.

Of the 36 projects selected for fiscal year 1999 FCT funding, 10 are "new starts" and 26 are continuations of previously approved projects. Eleven projects are sponsored by the Army, 12 by the Navy and Marine Corps, eight by the Air Force, and five by the U.S. Special Operations Command. A list of the FY99 projects is attached. Additional FCT Program information is available on the FCT Homepage on the World Wide Web at http://www.acq.osd.mil/te/programs/fct/.

FCT PROJECTS SELECTED FOR FY 1999

ARMY

  • 120mm apers round for M1A1/A2 tank gun (Israel)
  • 40mm practice grenade (Austria, Germany)
  • Afocal assembly (Germany, UK)
  • Anti-riot grenade (UK)
  • Counter-sniper/gunfire detection system (France)
  • Crusader automatic transmission (Germany) *
  • Electronics module (Germany, UK)
  • Insensitive munitions hellfire missile motor (UK)
  • Laser/primer compatible igniters (Sweden)
  • Lightweight hand grenade (Austria, Republic of Korea) *
  • Scanner assembly (Germany, UK)

NAVY/MARINE CORPS

  • 30mm apfsds tracer round for AAAV (Germany, Norway) *
  • Aluminum roadwheels for AAAV (UK) *
  • Emergency evacuation hyperbaric stretcher (Italy, UK)
  • Joint service combat shotgun (Belgium, Germany, Italy, Sweden) *
  • Lightweight aluminum track for AAAV (Germany)
  • Molecular sieve oxygen generator system (UK) *
  • RDX/HMX qualification (Norway, Sweden, UK)
  • Remote operating vehicle hot tap and pump system (Norway)
  • Solid state dc reference standard (UK)
  • Stealth screen system (France) *
  • Submarine escape and immersion equipment (UK)
  • Titanium nitride coatings for compressor blades (Russia)

AIR FORCE

  • Automatic detection infrared system (Israel) *
  • Castings for affordable fighter structures (Russia)
  • Emergency aircraft arresting system (France) *
  • F-15 countermeasures dispenser (BOL) (Sweden)
  • Micro-satellite for space experiments (UK)
  • Milstar rubidium standard (Israel, Switzerland)
  • Next generation small loader (Australia, UK)
  • Weather forecasting system (UK)

U.S. SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND (SOCOM)

  • Joint RAAWS ammunition upgrade-phase II (Sweden)
  • M72 law insensitive rocket motor propellant (UK)
  • Maritime craft air deployment system II (UK)
  • MC-130H aerial refueling system pod (UK) *
  • Patrol coastal decoy system (UK)

* Denotes New Start FCT Projects