Boeing wants you for FCS work

Boeing Co., Chicago, has issued 24 requests for proposals to help the company develop the Army Future Combat Systems.

The requests, released Feb. 18, are for system development and demonstration work, said Felicia Campbell, a Boeing spokeswoman for FCS.

The company would not disclose how much this work could be worth.
Potential subcontractors are required to submit a questionnaire before being allowed to view the RFPs, said Campbell.

She said this move was done in part to certify adequate State Department credentials, financial stability and work experience of potential subcontractors. The vendor questionnaire as well as a listing of the 24 RFPs may be found at http://www.boeing.com/fcs.

The site also contains a list of companies that have qualified to bid. The list includes BAE Systems Plc., Computer Sciences Corp., FGM Inc., General Dynamics Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp., Northrop Grumman Corp. and Raytheon Co.

The RFPs call for tasks such as delivering unmanned aerial vehicles and command and control software. Proposals are due March 17, and cost proposals are due by March 31.

On March 7, 2002, a team led by Boeing and Science Applications International Corp., San Diego, won the Army's $154 million FCS contract to develop next generation assault vehicles and supporting subsystems. In that contract, the team is tasked with building prototypes of mobile armored vehicles with networked communications capabilities.

If successful, the agreement may lead to work worth $4 billion over the next five years as working units are rolled out.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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