For military contractors, FCS is far from a done deal

Dec 01, 2008 | 07:49 AM |

If the U.S. Army decides to reduce funding for Abrams tanks, M2 Bradleys and Stryker wheeled combat vehicles, it will mean some fresh challenges for General Dynamics Corp. and BAE Systems Plc.

General Dynamics, based in Falls Church, Va., builds Abrams tanks and Stryker wheeled combat vehicles, while BAE Systems, Farnborough, England, makes M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles.

But the move toward Future Combat Systems (FCS) might not be entirely unwelcome. The two companies together secured contracts to build prototypes of the lighter FCS manned ground vehicles.

A General Dynamics spokesman said his company isn't anticipating significant changes in its steel plate requirements "for the time being." He declined to speculate further, noting that possible cuts by the U.S. Army haven't been confirmed at this point. "Orders for armor upgrades and for Stryker production are all continuing fairly aggressively," he said. "There is a significant backlog in all of those vehicle programs, so based on that we don't anticipate any significant changes."....

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