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
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