Future Direct Support Weapon System (FDSWS)
The Future Direct Support Weapon System (FDSWS) is intended to replace remaining M102 and M119 105mm cannons. A 155mm weapon weighing less than 5000lb is sought, which would be externally transportable by light battlefield helicopters.
In 1999 the U.S. Army TACOM-ARDEC sought industry to collaborate with an existing Government team work with an existing team to identify technologies that can contribute to the development of light, more stable, more effective towed howitzer systems. The intent was to work with the team to develop components representative of the most promising technologies for testing on test beds, and help develop concepts for the Future Direct Support Weapon System (FDSWS).
This weapon system will be the new, lightweight replacement for the existing 105mm Light Artillery Force's Towed Howitzer. The contractor would help perform the systems requirements tradeoff analysis to contribute to the development of the system requirements, and help move the program through the Concepts Development (CD) phase of the program and help prepare the Milestone I decision documentation.
Optional phase for Program Definition and Risk Reduction (PDRR) may be included. The program will be incrementally funded with the transaction entered as early as possible in the fiscal year 2000 time frame, based on best value criteria. Possible evaluation factors include: proposed Statement of Work (SOW), proposed metrics, schedules, technology concepts, total dollar and contractor cost sharing (which may include IR&D investment), experience in light artillery design, and the ability to partner with other industries and subcontractors for the 5,000 lb. Super Lightweight Future Direct Support Weapon System (FDSWS). This would include the conventional 14,000 lb. 155mm towed artillery as well as the 9,000 lb. Lightweight LW155 gun.
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