Boeing Completes Initial Tests for Army Brigade Combat Team Modernization Increment 1

ST. LOUIS — The Boe­ing Com­pa­ny [NYSE: BA] announced today that Incre­ment 1 of the Brigade Com­bat Team Mod­ern­iza­tion (BCTM) pro­gram has com­plet­ed its Tech­ni­cal Tests, the first key mile­stone in the 2010 test­ing cycle.

“While this is just the first step in the 2010 test and eval­u­a­tion process, we are encour­aged by the per­for­mance of the Incre­ment 1 capa­bil­i­ties,” said Derek McLuck­ey, BCTM Incre­ment 1 pro­gram man­ag­er for Boe­ing. “As we enter the next phase of test­ing, we will con­tin­ue to show increased sys­tem reli­a­bil­i­ty and per­for­mance for all Incre­ment 1 capa­bil­i­ties.”

The tests eval­u­at­ed aspects of Incre­ment 1’s capa­bil­i­ties and per­for­mance. Data and sol­dier feed­back from these tests will lead to addi­tion­al improve­ments in Incre­ment 1 capa­bil­i­ties as the pro­gram pre­pares for the Force Devel­op­ment Test and Eval­u­a­tion and the Lim­it­ed User Test in Sep­tem­ber.

The month­long tests, which end­ed July 1, involved Army engi­neers, Boe­ing, indus­try part­ners, and sol­diers from the Army Eval­u­a­tion Task Force at White Sands Mis­sile Range, N.M. The tests were con­duct­ed in an oper­a­tional­ly rel­e­vant envi­ron­ment designed to mim­ic con­di­tions found in Afghanistan, and involved both day and night oper­a­tions across a vari­ety of ter­rain.

The Incre­ment 1 capa­bil­i­ties that were eval­u­at­ed includ­ed the Net­work Inte­gra­tion Kit, the Small Unmanned Ground Vehi­cle, the Class 1 Unmanned Air Vehi­cle, and Unat­tend­ed Ground Sen­sors. Togeth­er, these capa­bil­i­ties will pro­vide sol­diers with increased intel­li­gence, sur­veil­lance, and recon­nais­sance capa­bil­i­ties.

In addi­tion to sup­port­ing the BCTM 2010 test­ing cycle, a team led by Boe­ing with sup­port from Sci­ence Appli­ca­tions Inter­na­tion­al Corp. (SAIC) [NYSE: SAI] is exe­cut­ing its ini­tial pro­duc­tion con­tract for the first set of BCTM Incre­ment 1 capa­bil­i­ties, which will be deliv­ered to the 3rd Brigade Com­bat Team of the 1st Armored Divi­sion for ini­tial oper­a­tional test­ing and eval­u­a­tion in 2011.

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