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2 The UK FIST Programme Improving the Combat Effectiveness of the Dismounted Soldier Lt Col A M Macnaughton, PM FIST

3 2 The UK FIST Programme The Need The Programme Increasing Combat Effectiveness Summary

4 3 The Need Capability shortfalls Implications of NEC Allied Programmes

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9 8 The Enemy

10 9 The Need Capability shortfalls Implications of NEC Allied Programmes

11 10 Network Enabled Capability

12 11 UGS Network Enabled Capability - The Future

13 12 The Need Capability shortfalls Implications of NEC Allied Programmes

14 13 Allied Programmes USA Land Warrior Future Warrior Marine Expeditionary Rifle Squad FR FELIN GE IdZ … And many others...

15 14 The UK FIST Programme The Need The Programme Increasing Combat Effectiveness Summary

16 15 The Programme The Technology Demonstrator Programme The ‘Get Well’ Programme The Requirement The FIST Programme

17 16 Enhanced Protection C4I Rapid Area Effects Remote Sensors Enhanced Surveillance & Target Acquisition Robust and underpinned by validated OA……. The Technology Demonstrator Programme

18 17 The ‘Get Well’ Package

19 18 The ‘Get Well’ Package LMG - FN Para Minimi UGL - H&K AG36 UGL HMNVS: PVS 14b LLM01 LWTI Plus the deployment of PRR as part of a separate programme

20 19 Soldier as a System…………. Section as a Platform……. The Requirement Conduct DCC Move Find Engage

21 20 The FIST Programme Key Programme Details A 3 year AP programme Production Phase 2008 Initial Operating Capability Systems AP Contract Placement COEIA/staffing Assessment Phases In Service Date Bde Level Operation Demonstration & Manufacture Business Case and supporting data for Main Gate

22 21 Who Gets FIST? Current Assumptions: Approximately 29.5K sets - number being reviewed Tri-Service - Army, RM and RAF Regiment All arms/services in Battle Groups Formation recce Assessment Phase: Indicating ‘fitted for but not’ with approach Will produce a recommended distribution

23 22 FIST 1 Assessment Develop & Manufacture In-Service IGMG Service experience FIST 2 Assessment In-Service MG IG Develop & Manufacture FIST 3 Assessment MGIG Service experience R & D - Integrated Soldier Technology Incremental Acquisition

24 23 The UK FIST Programme The Need The Programme Increasing Combat Effectiveness Summary

25 24 Increasing Combat Effectiveness Man in the Loop Environmental Factors Physical Realities Lethality: a Case Study

26 25 Human Factors The soldier (dismounted or in an AFV) will be pre-occupied with finding and attacking the enemy before he himself is killed. His primary senses will be dedicated to that task The information format and presentation must not interfere with or degrade those senses. Heads up and alert, not heads down in a computer.

27 26 Human Interfaces Section, 200m, Iraqi Infantry in the open, fire!

28 27 Human Interfaces You’ve got mail! 200m, Enemy Infantry, better text the blokes!

29 28 The Human Challenges Information: How much How often When To whom In what format By what medium Voice primacy Access: Security Flexibility Self synchronisation vs automation Decider support not replacement NEC or NCW

30 29 Increasing Combat Effectiveness Man in the Loop Environmental Factors Physical Realities Lethality: a Case Study

31 30 Environmental Challenges

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33 32 Increasing Combat Effectiveness Man in the Loop Environmental Factors Physical Realities Lethality: a Case Study

34 33 Physical Realities Human contact an enduring requirement Tempo Requires own tactical agility Physical constraints: Load carriage Weight Power (= weight)

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36 35 Weight

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38 37 Increasing Combat Effectiveness Man in the Loop Environmental Factors Physical Realities Lethality: a Case Study

39 38 Commander SA80 IW EPG Day Sight - SUSAT II Sight - CWS HMNVS Binoculars Grenadier SA80 IW 40mm UGL EPG SUSAT II Sight - CWS HMNVS Marksman SA80 LSW EPG SUSAT II Sight - CWS HMNVS Gunner LMG (94 mm LAW) EPG HMNVS Where We Are Now In future: NLAW, ASM at section level replacing 94 mm LAW

40 39 Possible System Weights

41 40 Kgs Weight by Category

42 41 Small Arms Weight Reduction

43 42 Sighting Issues Differing sight requirements for differing weapons Match STA to capability across the section Maximise the benefits of each technology to provide the section, as a system, with equally good day & night performance. Cost: £/power (weight)/weight

44 43 FIST Capabilities Strong emphasis on C4I - the key enabler Protection - a balance between weight saving and greater protection Sustainability - power draw/power management the key issue Lethality - more for less Improved STA/FCS

45 44 Vinghogs FN2000 Noptel XM29 OICW Brashear TAVOR 2 Fire Control Systems

46 45 FIST Capabilities Strong emphasis on C4I - the key enabler Protection - a balance between weight saving and greater protection Sustainability - power draw/power management the key issue Lethality - more for less Improved STA/FCS Sensor-Shooter Capability

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48 47 The UK FIST Programme The Need The Programme Increasing Combat Effectiveness Summary

49 48 Increasing Combat Effectiveness Need for a systems approach No ‘killer application’ Soldier-centric Managing real estate and weight Integration

50 49 Soldier Systems Integrated with FIST under the FIST Assessment Phase. Battlegroup Systems Integration with FIST investigated by the Soldier System Co-ordination Design Authority Process Infantry Section Integration

51 50 FIST Vision Working within the future digitised Battlespace, FIST will ultimately encompass all that a soldier uses, carries, wears consumes Providing a revolutionary enhancement to the operational effectiveness of those committed to dismounted close combat


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