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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 535-97
October 07, 1997

DOD ANNOUNCES FY98 FOREIGN COMPARATIVE TESTING PROGRAM

The Department of Defense (DoD) has selected 31 projects that will be funded under the Fiscal Year (FY) 1998 Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) Program. The FCT Program, authorized by Congress in 1989, is administered 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 to 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 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(s) 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 31 projects selected to be funding in FY98, 11 are "new starts" and 20 are continuations of previously approved projects. Seven projects are sponsored by the U.S. Army, 11 by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, nine by the U.S. Air Force, and four by the U.S. Special Operations Command. A list of the FY98 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 1998

U. S. Army:

* 7.62MM Short Range Training Ammunition (Canada) 120MM APERS Round for M1A1/A2 Tank (Israel) AFOCAL Assembly (Germany, U.K.) Anti-Riot Grenade (U.K.) * Insensitive Munitions Hellfire Missile Motor (U.K.) Laser/Primer Compatible Igniters (Sweden) Scanner Assembly (Germany, U.K.)

U.S. Navy/Marine Corps:

* AJU Communications Faired Mast (U.K.) * Atmospheric Diving Suit (Newtsuit) (Canada) * Digital Voice and Data System (Canada) * Emergency Evacuation Hyperbaric Stretcher (Italy, U.K.) * Mobile Torpedo Countermeasures (C303S) (Italy) * NBC Analysis System (Denmark) RDX/HMX Qualification (Norway, Sweden, U.K.) * Remote Operating Vehicle Hot Tap and Pump System (Norway) Solid State DC Reference Standard (U.K.) Submarine Escape and Immersion Equipment (U.K.) * Titanium Nitride Coatings for Compressor Blades (Russia)

U.S. Air Force:

* Castings for Affordable Fighter Structures (Russia) * Close Air Support/All-Up Round Warheads for JSOW and CALCM (France, Israel, U.K.) * F-15 Countermeasures Dispenser (BOL) (Sweden) * Micro-Satellite for Space Experiments (U.K.) MILSTAR Rubidium Standard (Israel, Switzerland) New Generation Heater (Denmark) * Next Generation Small Loader (Australia, U.K.) * Night Vision Goggle Camera System (Israel) * Parachute Flare Pylon for F-16 (Israel)

U.S. Special Operations Command:

* Joint RAAWS Ammunition Upgrade-Phase I (Sweden) * Joint RAAWS Ammunition Upgrade-Phase II (Sweden) * M72 Law Insensitive Rocket Motor Propellant (U.K.) Patrol Coastal Decoy System (U.K.)

(* Indicates a continuing project)