Annex A. Science And Technology Objectives (STOs)
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)


IV.S.06. Detection Avoidance for FSCS. By FY00, develop and demonstrate optimized vehicle components which provide reduced signatures with integrated ballistic protection for application to integrate Future Scout and Cavalry System (FSCS) overall survivability. Signature suppression of new ballistic grills and side armor that is FSCS specific will utilize technology from current vehicle and material development programs. These improved components will reduce vehicle signatures while maintaining or enhancing ballistic protection levels. This integrated approach shall also consider the other survivability technologies such as EW and active protection systems. To accomplish the balanced survivability requirement, an initial survivability study will determine the optimized suite for FSCS requirements. Milestones include:

• Initial FSCS balanced study results (3Q97).
• Demonstrate suppressed inlet grills with 50 percent signature reduction goal (4Q96).
• Ballistic and signature optmized warning components (4Q97).
• Demonstration of FSCS side ballistic panels with 50 percent reduction goal (4Q98).
• Optimized side ballistic panel demonstration with 75 percent reduction goal (4Q00).

Supports: FSCS, FCS, Abrams and Bradley upgrades, and Tactical Vehicles.

STO Manager: TSO: TRADOC POC:
David Thomas John Appel MAJ Paul Begeman
TARDEC SARD-TT Armor Center, DFD
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