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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 349-99
July 23, 1999

DOD SELECTS FOREIGN DEFENSE EQUIPMENT FOR TESTING

The Department of Defense has selected five projects to receive fiscal 1999 out-of-cycle funding, and 37 projects to receive fiscal 2000 funding under the 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 for Acquisition and Technology.

The principal objective of the FCT Program is to support the U.S. warfighter by leveraging nondevelopmental items of allied and other friendly nations to satisfy U.S. defense requirements more quickly and economically. The FCT process is dependent on a world class foreign item, U.S. user interest in the item, a valid requirement, and good procurement potential. The goal is to reduce the acquisition time and research, development, test & evaluation expenditures while enhancing standardization and interoperability, and improving international cooperation.

FCT projects are nominated annually by the U.S. Special Operations Command and the components 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 to identify all potential contenders, and the sponsoring organization has a viable strategy to purchase the foreign item if it tests successfully and offers best value.

Of the five projects selected for fiscal 1999 out-of-cycle FCT funding, one is sponsored by the Army, one by the Navy, one by the Air Force, and two by the U.S. Special Operations Command. Of the 37 projects selected for fiscal 2000 in-cycle FCT funding, 12 are new starts and 25 are continuations of previously approved projects. Eleven are sponsored by the Army, 11 by the Navy and Marine Corps, seven by the Air Force, and eight by the U.S. Special Operations Command. Additional FCT Program information is available on the FCT Homepage on the World Wide Web at http://www.acq.osd.mil/te/programs/fct/.