C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

Leonardo DRS to upgrade BMS for Australian armour

27 July 2017

Leonardo DRS will provide the Australian Army with its next-generation battle management system (BMS) hardware, known as the Mounted Family of Computer Systems (MFoCS), for the service’s M1A1SA main battle tanks (MBTs) and associated combat vehicles.

The company announced in a 26 July statement that it was awarded a direct commercial contract worth USD3.1 million for the initial phase of the Australian Army's Land 907 BMS programme.

This is the first order placed by the Australian Army for the MFoCS, which is set to provide the service’s armoured cavalry units with improved connectivity within the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

The upgrade to MFoCS, which features dismountable tablets and rugged sunlight-readable touchscreen displays, will not only give users the capability to support systems such as Blue Force Tracking but will also provide commanders with numerous options that support increased joint, US, and coalition BMS interoperability, said the company.

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