Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Elbit to Equip and Support US Mortar Fire Control Systems

Elbit Systems of America in Fort Worth, TX received an $8.9 million firm-fixed-price “FIRECON” contract. The contract includes all development, procurement, fielding, and related sustainment activities during FY 2009-2014 timeframe for the mortar fire control systems mounted M95 gun and M96 fire direction center variants; the M32 LHMBC; and any future variants, derivatives, and replacements of the above systems. 

Work is to be performed in Fort Worth, TX, with an estimated completion date of April 20/14. One bid was solicited with one bid received by U.S Army Contracting Command, CCJM-CA in Picatinny Arsenal, NJ (W15QKN-09-D-0009).

M95 and M96 MFCS systems equip mechanized 120mm mortar carriers. The M95 can be found on the tracked M1064 M113 variant, and on wheeled M1129 Strykers. The M96 equips the M577 fire direction center M113 variant. Components include the Commander’s interface (CI) for linkage and ballistic computing, a Gunner’s Display, a Driver’s Display, and the Pointing Device and Position System (PDPS).

The PDPS lets the system “know” its own location, based on inertial measurement, GPS, and a vehicle motion sensor (VMS) can cover for each other.

The M32 Lightweight Hand-held Mortar Ballistic Computer is the new primary electronic fire control system for USMC and US Army dismounted forces.

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