The Future Combat Systems (FCS) program encompasses a multitude of different kinds of vehicles, manned and unmanned, on the ground and in the air. It also will incorporate a never-before-seen suite of sensors designed to gather information on enemy troops. Following is a short roster of its vehicles and sensors.
Unmanned Ground Vehicles
Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV)
Multifunction Utility/Logistics and Equipment (MULE) Transport
Armed Robotic Vehicle-Assault-Light
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Class 1 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
Class IV Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
Unattended Sensors and Munitions
Tactical Unattended Ground Sensors (T-UGS)
Urban Unattended Ground Sensors (U-UGS)
Non-Line-Of-Sight Launch System
Manned Ground Vehicles
Infantry Carrier Vehicle
Command and Control Vehicle
Mounted Combat System
Reconnaissance and Surveillance Vehicle
FCS Recovery and Maintenance Vehicle
Medical Vehicle — Evacuation
Medical Vehicle — Treatment
There is currently much discussion around the term "platform," which may be preceded by the adjectives "mobile," "wearable," "medical," "healthcare," etc. However, regardless of the platform being discussed, they usually have one key aspect in common: They tend to be wireless. So, why is this one aspect so fairly universal? The answer is convenience.
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