From more powerful body armor to better tasting food, these technologies in development aim to improve the life and safety of military service members.
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The Army is introducing a standardized family of tactical computers that can be tailored to any mission or vehicle. Traditionally it has used a "swivel-chair" approach to situational awareness, in which features were accessed on different computer systems over separate monitors. The new capability, known as the Mounted Family of Computer Systems (MFoCS), will make tactical computers scalable and interoperable, allowing soldiers to better plan, monitor and execute missions.
In June, a three-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for production and development of MFoCS was awarded to Florida-based DRS Tactical Systems. The first MFoCS computers, to be used for integration and testing, will be delivered within 20 weeks of the contract date, the Army said.