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FCT PROJECTS SELECTED FOR 1999

FCT PROJECTS SELECTED FOR OUT-OF-CYCLE FY 1999 FUNDING

A brief description of each project is available below these listings.
ARMY
SONGBIRD

NAVY
HIGH PRESSURE PURE AIR GENERATOR FOR F/A-18E/F (UK)

AIR FORCE
PLASTIC PRACTICE BOMBS (FRANCE, UK)

U.S. SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND
21 MM TRAINER FOR M72 LAW (NORWAY)
ADVANCED LIGHTWEIGHT GRENADE LAUNCHER AMMUNITION (SWEDEN, GERMANY, NORWAY)

PROJECTS SELECTED FOR FY 2000 (IN-CYCLE) FUNDING

* Denotes New Start FCT Projects
ARMY
40MM PRACTICE GRENADE (AUSTRIA, GERMANY)
155MM MULTI-SENSOR ARTILLERY PROJECTILE (GERMANY) *
AFOCAL ASSEMBLY (GERMANY, UK)
COMBAT VEHICLE CREW FIRE EXTINGUISHER (AUSTRIA)
CRUSADER AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION (GERMANY)
ELECTRONICS MODULE (GERMANY, UK)
IMPROVED BATTERY CELLS (TAIWAN)
LASER/PRIMER COMPATIBLE IGNITERS (SWEDEN)
LIGHTWEIGHT HAND GRENADE (AUSTRIA)
MINE PROTECTED CLEARANCE VEHICLE (SOUTH AFRICA) *
SCANNER ASSEMBLY (GERMANY, UK)

NAVY AND MARINE CORPS
30MM APFSDS TRACER ROUND FOR AAAV (GERMANY, NORWAY)
ANTI-JAM GPS ANTENNA SYSTEM (UK) *
COMBAT VEHICLE TROOP SEAT (NORWAY) *
HIGH PRESSURE PURE AIR GENERATOR FOR F/A-18E/F (UK)
JOINT PROTECTIVE AIRCREW ENSEMBLE (FRANCE, GERMANY, ISRAEL, SWEDEN, UK) *
LIGHTWEIGHT ALUMINUM TRACK FOR AAAV (GERMANY)
LIGHTWEIGHT DIESEL DRIVEN AUXILIARY POWER UNIT (GERMANY, UK) *
MOLECULAR SIEVE OXYGEN GENERATOR SYSTEM (UK)
PASSENGER ANTI-EXPOSURE SURVIVAL SYSTEM (CANADA, UK) *
STEALTH SCREEN SYSTEM (FRANCE)
SUBMARINE ESCAPE AND IMMERSION EQUIPMENT (UK)

AIR FORCE
EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT ARRESTING SYSTEM (FRANCE)
F-15 COUNTERMEASURES DISPENSER (BOL) (SWEDEN)
LARGE AIRCRAFT INTERIOR DECONTAMINATION SYSTEM (GERMANY) *
PLASTIC PRACTICE BOMBS (FRANCE, UK)
SPACE QUALIFIED DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSOR (FRANCE, GERMANY) *
WIDEBAND KLYSTRON FOR E-3 AWACS (UK) *
WIND TUNNEL INTERNAL FORCE BALANCE (FRANCE, GERMANY, NETHERLANDS, UK) *

U.S. SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND
5.56MM LIGHTWEIGHT MACHINE GUN (BELGIUM) *
21MM TRAINER FOR M72 LAW (NORWAY)
ADVANCED LIGHTWEIGHT GRENADE LAUNCHER AMMUNITION (GERMANY,SWEDEN, NORWAY)
COUNTERSNIPER GUNFIRE DETECTION SYSTEM (FRANCE)
JOINT RAAWS AMMUNITION UPGRADE-PHASE II (SWEDEN)
MC-130H AERIAL REFUELING SYSTEM POD (UK)
PARACHUTE LEAFLET DELIVERY SYSTEM (SOUTH AFRICA, CANADA)
PATROL COASTAL DECOY SYSTEM (UK)

PROJECTS SELECTED FOR OUT-OF-CYCLE FY 1999 FCT FUNDING

ARMY
Songbird. Project description is classified.

NAVY
High Pressure Pure Air Generator. The High Pressure Pure Air Generator (HiPPAG 320) manufactured by Ultra Electronics (UK), could enable the F/A-18E/F to meet the Navy's operational requirement for mission turnaround time by (among other benefits) eliminating the need for the current short-life nitrogen bottles used for this purpose. This FCT project will evaluate the HiPPAG 320, which is used to cryogenically cool the Sidewinder AIM-9M missile, for potential qualification in the F/A-18E/F aircraft.

AIR FORCE
Plastic Practice Bombs . This FCT project will test and qualify plastic practice bomb candidates manufactured by Portsmouth Aviation of the United Kingdom and Lacroix Defense of France for use on Air Force aircraft such as the F-16, A-10, F-15, and B-52. The FCT test program would confirm the operational effectiveness and suitability of the candidates while confirming the potentially dramatic improvement to the environment and economical aspects of Air Force training range cleanup.

U.S. SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND
21mm Trainer for M72 LAW. This project will evaluate a 21mm training round manufactured by Nordic Ammunition Company of Norway for use in the M72 Light Anti-Tank Weapon (LAW). If successful, adoption of this round will decrease training costs, as compared to the cost of using live rounds for training, and would increase user proficiency.
Advanced Ltwt. Grenade Launcher Ammunition. This FCT project will evaluate and qualify air-bursting ammunition manufactured by Bofors AB of Sweden, Nordic Ammunition Company of Norway, and Diehl of Germany for use in the ongoing USSOCOM acquisition program for the Advanced Lightweight Grenade Launcher. The candidate ammunition promises the capability to engage targets in defilade positions or urban areas.

PROJECTS SELECTED FOR IN-CYCLE FY 2000 FCT FUNDING

ARMY
CONTINUING PROJECTS
40 mm Practice Grenade. This project is evaluating a 40 mm practice grenade to meet the Marine Corps MK19 gunner training requirements. The 40 mm practice grenade manufactured by NICO (Germany) provides a low cost training round which meets USMC requirements.
Afocal Assembly. The NV80 B-Kit is the forward looking infrared imager device used in the Army's Long Range Acquisition Sight. The afocal assembly acts as a telescope and can switch from wide to narrow view. The candidates from Zeiss Eltro (Germany) and GEC Marconi (UK) are being evaluated as additional supply sources for these items.
Combat Vehicle Crew Fire Extinguisher. This project is evaluating a non-toxic fire extinguisher system for use in crew occupied areas of U.S.combat vehicles. For environmental reasons, Halon production has been banned in the U.S. and most other countries since 1994. The candidate developed by Intertechnik of Austria has the potential for use as original vehicle equipment in new combat systems and to replace the Halon fire extinguisher systems currently in use. The Intertechnik item has been tested in Austria and Germany and may meet the U.S. requirement.
Crusader Automatic Transmission. This project is evaluating an automatic transmission manufactured by the German firm RENK AG for its suitability for integration into the Army's Crusader Self-Propelled Howitzer as an alternative to the U.S. transmission currently under development.
Electronics Module. This project is evaluating the electronic unit used in the Long Range Advanced Scout Surveillance System (LRAS3) and the HTI NV-80 B-Kit program. If qualified, the electronics modules manufactured by Pilkington (UK) and/or ZEO (Germany) will establish other sources for the assembly system.
Improved Battery Cells. This project is evaluating foreign manufactured battery cells/batteries with improved technology that can potentially increase performance by 25% to 50% over current batteries used by the Joint Services. MOLI Energy of Canada and NEXcell of Taiwan manufacture battery cells/batteries which may be able to provide this improved performance.
Laser/Primer Compatible Igniter. The U.S. Army is seeking to improve the performance of its long range modular charge system for the 155mm round. Bofors AB has developed a laser and percussion primer igniter for modular artillery charge systems. This project is evaluating the igniter's ability to meet the Army's performance parameters for their Modular Artillery Charge System.
Lightweight Hand Grenade. This project is evaluating a lightweight grenade to replace the current M67 grenade. Arges of Austria has a lightweight hand grenade that appears to meet the U.S. Army's requirement for weight and lethality.
Scanner Assembly. The NV80 B-Kit is the forward looking infrared imager device used in the Army's Long Range Acquisition Sight. The scanner assembly scans the field of view while filtering out selected frequencies of the incoming waveband. The candidates from Zeiss Eltro (Germany) and GEC Marconi (UK) are being evaluated as additional supply sources for this item.

ARMY
NEW START PROJECTS
155mm Fire & Forget, Multi-Sensor Counter Battery/Anti-armor Projectile. The Army has a stated need for an artillery launched armor attack capability. The German SMArt 155, manufactured by Gesellschaft fur Intellegente Wirksysteme mbH, is an artillery projectile fired from a 155 mm NATO standard Howitzer with a standard NATO artillery fuze. The SMArt 155 submunitions use a similar sensor suite and attacks the same target set as the Sense and Destroy Armor (SADARM). SADARM's demonstrated low reliability has dictated a need for a second source as an alternative to the U.S. developed item. This FCT project will evaluate the German projectile to determine whether it meets this need.
Mine Protected Clearance Vehicle. The Army has a requirement for an integrated landmine discrimination and neutralization capability. This FCT project will evaluate candidate systems manufactured by Denel-Mechem and Reumech OMC, both of the Republic of South Africa, to determine their capability to uncover, remove and destroy landmines from unimproved roads.

NAVY/MARINE CORPS
CONTINUING PROJECTS
30mm APFSDS Tracer for AAAV. This project is evaluating the safety, performance, and lethality of the Armor Piercing Fin Stabilized Discarding Sabot-Traced (APFSDS-T) round for use on the Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAAV). There is currently no U.S. made 30 mm APFSDS-T round in service or in development for use on the main gun of the AAAV. Raufuss of Norway and Mauser of Germany have developed rounds that can potentially meet the requirements for the AAAV main gun.
High Pressure Pure Air Generator. The High Pressure Pure Air Generator (HiPPAG 320) manufactured by Ultra Electronics (UK), could enable the F/A-18E/F to meet the Navy's operational requirement for mission turnaround time by (among other benefits) eliminating the need for the current short-life nitrogen bottles used for this purpose. This FCT project will be evaluating the HiPPAG 320, which is used to cryogenically cool the Sidewinder AIM-9M missile, for potential qualification in the F/A-18E/F aircraft.
Lightweight Aluminum Track. This project is evaluating a lightweight aluminum track for the Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAAV). This track is a modification of an existing track manufactured by Diehl (Germany). If successful, the German item will provide the AAAV program with the lightest production track available, weighing 500 lbs lighter than the current AAAV track.
Molecular Sieve Oxygen Generator System. U.S. combat aircraft require oxygen for aircrew breathing and currently use liquid oxygen systems with a potential safety hazard. This project is evaluating a system that generates oxygen continuously on the aircraft using compressed engine air. The Molecular Sieve Oxygen Generating System, manufactured by Normalair-Garrett (UK), is a possible replacement system for the A/V-8B, TA/V-8B, F-14D, F/A-18C/D/E/F, T-45A and other U.S. combat aircraft.
Stealth Screen System. This project is evaluating a system that reduces a ship's radar signature. The Stealth Screen System manufactured by Societe Nouvelle des Ateliers et Chanties du Havre (France), is a wire mesh screen that will cover the Remote Mine Hunting System aboard AEGIS Destroyers. The system provides a flat surface that is not reflective of frequency bands where threat radar operate.
Submarine Escape and Immersion Equipment. The submarine escape system produced by Beaufort, Air-Sea (UK) consists of a cold water escape suit with integral life raft. This system offers capabilities reportedly superior to the current escape system. This evaluation will determine the system's utility on 688 class submarines and the potential for use on the SSN 21 and the NSSN classes of submarines.

NAVY/MARINE CORPS
NEW START PROJECTS
Anti-Jam GPS Antenna System. This FCT project will evaluate a compact, anti-jam antenna system produced by Raytheon Systems Limited (RSL) of the United Kingdom for potential purchase and installation onto military platforms that require robust GPS navigation performance for Day One Strike Warfare capability. RSL is the only manufacturer of this critical GPS technology today for fielding GPS anti-jam antenna systems in the near-term and is currently in production on a larger variant (GAS-1) for the Air Force.
Combat Vehicle Troop Seat. This FCT project will evaluate a Troop Compartment Seat manufactured by Haaglunds of Norway which is currently in use on the Norwegian Armed Forces CV-9030 vehicle, for potential application to the Marine Corps' Advanced Amphibious Assault vehicle (AAAV). It appears that the Haaglunds seat would meet the AAAV requirements and may provide significant weight and cost savings.
Joint Protective Aircrew Ensemble (JPACE). While the Joint Services Lightweight Integrated Suit Technology program addresses new technologies for ground troops in chemical/biological (CB) protection, CB garments for the aviation community have not been updated for over a decade. This FCT project will evaluate thirteen (13) different foreign NDI alternative items of this type manufactured by Remploy Ltd. and Lantor of the United Kingdom, NEWPAC of Sweden, Paul Boye of France, Alfred Karcher of Germany, and Israel to determine whether they meet Navy requirements.
Lightweight Diesel Driven Auxiliary Power Unit. This FCT project will evaluate lightweight high-speed diesel engine auxiliary power units for use on the Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAAV). Fischer Panda of Germany and Mid-West Engines of the United Kingdom have developed a series of lightweight, quiet, APUs for the commercial marine industry. These units possess a high power to weight ratio and promise to provide superior acoustic noise performance.
Passenger Anti-Exposure Survival System. The U.S. Navy routinely transports non-troop passengers over water in cold weather, primarily in helicopters. Safety concerns led to a requirement for a passenger survival suit. This FCT project will evaluate commercial anti-exposure suits potentially suitable for Navy and Marine Corps applications manufactured by MultiFab and Beaufort (UK) and Mustang Survival (Canada).

AIR FORCE
CONTINUING PROJECTS
Emergency Aircraft Arresting System. This project is evaluating a low cost, low maintenance alternative for airfield aircraft arresting systems. Current emergency aircraft arresting systems located in Air Force runway overruns are obsolete, labor intensive and will be logistically insupportable in 1999. The system manufactured by Aerazur (France) provides excellent energy absorbing capacity with fewer siting constraints and has potential for meeting the Air Force requirement.
F-15 Countermeasures Dispenser (BOL). This FCT project is evaluating a Celsius Tech countermeasures dispenser on the F-15 Eagle fighter. The dispenser, already procured by the Navy for their F-14 Tomcat as a result of a previous successful FCT evaluation, releases chaff into the turbulent airflow region behind the aircraft to produce an efficient dispersion pattern. Adding the dispenser to F-15 aircraft would increase chaff capacity without modifying the launcher.
Plastic Practice Bombs. This FCT project will be evaluating plastic practice bomb candidates manufactured by Portsmouth Aviation of the United Kingdom and Lacroix Defense of France for use on Air Force aircraft such as the F-16, A-10, F-15, and B-52. The FCT test program would confirm the operational effectiveness and suitability of the candidates while confirming the potentially dramatic improvement to the environment and economical aspects of Air Force training range cleanup.

AIR FORCE
NEW START PROJECTS
Large Aircraft Interior Decontamination. Current U.S. capabilities to decontaminate the interiors of cargo aircraft are limited to hot/warm air applications or weathering/offgassing. This FCT project will evaluate a system manufactured by Odenwald-Werke Rittersback of Germany that could meet the Air Force requirement to enhance this decontamination of aircraft of all known chemical and biological agents without affecting aircraft systems/components.
Space Qualified Digital Signal Processor. This FCT project will evaluate and qualify, as second sources, candidate digital signal processors and circuit boards manufactured by Temic Semiconductor of France and Dornier Satellite Systems of Germany to potentially meet the requirements of the Spaced Based Infrared Systems, MILSATCOM, and other military space system procurement programs.
Wideband Klystron for E-3 AWACS. The Air Force has a requirement to improve E-3 AWACS power amplifier reliability. The AWACS aircraft currently uses a klystron power amplifier for its main search radar that has a low rate of mean-time-between-failures (MTBF) and is costly to repair. This FCT project will evaluate a wide-band klystron power amplifier manufactured by Thorn TMD (UK) which promises to provide greater reliability and much lower operating and maintenance costs.
Wind Tunnel Internal Force Balance. The wind tunnel force balances currently in use at the Air Force's Propulsion Wind Tunnel facility at Arnold Engineering Development Center were built using technology developed in the 1950's and 1960's. As a result, most of the balances utilize outdated technology and many are becoming mechanically worn out. This FCT project will evaluate an array of internal force balances manufactured by Aerotech/DERA of the United Kingdom, ONERA of France, TUD of Germany, and NLR of the Netherlands.

SOCOM
CONTINUING PROJECTS
21mm Trainer for M72 LAW. This project will be evaluating a 21mm training round manufactured by Nordic Ammunition Company of Norway for use in the M72 Light Anti-Tank Weapon (LAW). If successful, adoption of this round will decrease training costs, as compared to the cost of using live rounds for training, and would increase user proficiency.
Advanced Ltwt. Grenade Launcher Ammunition. This FCT project will be evaluating an air-bursting ammunition manufactured by Bofors AB of Sweden, Nordic Ammunition Company of Norway, and Diehl of Germany for use in the ongoing USSOCOM acquisition program for the Advanced Lightweight Grenade Launcher. The candidate ammunition promises the capability to engage targets in defilade positions or urban areas.
Counter-Sniper/Gunfire Detection System. The counter-sniper system manufactured by the French company Metravib has potential to enhance the protection of U.S. forces deployed in the Balkans by providing location of sniper and harassing gunfire. This project is evaluating the French item with the objective of type classification and fielding to meet a U.S. Special Operations Command, Europe requirement.
Joint RAAWS Ammunition Upgrade Phase II. This FCT is evaluating two types of insensitive munitions ammunition and a close combat Anti-Personnel round for type classification and fielding. Insensitive munitions are critical for combat units due to transportation safety issues. All items are developed by Bofors AB for the Carl Gustaf 84mm Recoilless Rifle which was fielded with U.S. Forces as a result of a previous successful FCT evaluation.
MC-130H Aerial Refueling System Pod. This project is evaluating an advanced aerial refueling capability to the MC-130H Combat Talon II. Manufactured by Flight Refuelling, Ltd. of the United Kingdom, the system provides a wing-mounted hose and drogue aerial refueling pod capable of meeting USSOCOM requirements. Special Operations Forces rotary wing aircraft do not have enough refueling support to meet mission requirements. This system is a pre-planned product improvement envisioned for the MC-130H to meet this shortfall.
Parachute Leaflet Delivery System. The increased use of U.S. Forces in Operations Other Than War (OOW) and Low Intensity Conflict (LIC) scenarios exposes U.S. aircraft and crews to increasingly complex threat environments. Current methods for delivery of psychological operations leaflet products require manual dumping by hand over a target at low altitudes. This project is evaluating a Leaflet Delivery System (LDS) developed by MMist/IST of Canada and the Republic of South Africa to determine whether it meets the USSOCOM requirement for safer and more accurate delivery. The LDS provides automated aerial parachute delivery over long distances and high altitudes.
Patrol Coastal Decoy System. The current anti-missile chaff system installed on special operations patrol craft presents significant safety and operational problems. The ML Aviation built system is an intelligent decoy that is being evaluated for effectiveness and safety characteristics. This complex project will yield the installation and integration of the "Super Barricade" system on Patrol Coastal ship #14 within the ship's production schedule.

SOCOM
NEW START PROJECTS
5.56mm Lightweight Machine Gun. This FCT project will evaluate the M249SPW 5.56mm weapon manufactured by FN Herstal of Belgium as a candidate to satisfy the U.S. Special Forces SEAL platoon mission requirements for a lightweight machine gun. The item is currently in service with Belgian forces.

Updated: 14 Jan 2003