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The uk fist programme

The UK FIST Programme

Improving the Combat Effectiveness of the Dismounted Soldier

Lt Col A M Macnaughton, PM FIST


The uk fist programme1

The UK FIST Programme

  • The Need

  • The Programme

  • Increasing Combat Effectiveness

  • Summary


The need

The Need

  • Capability shortfalls

  • Implications of NEC

  • Allied Programmes


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The Enemy


The need1

The Need

  • Capability shortfalls

  • Implications of NEC

  • Allied Programmes


Network enabled capability

Network Enabled Capability


Network enabled capability the future

UGS

Network Enabled Capability - The Future


The need2

The Need

  • Capability shortfalls

  • Implications of NEC

  • Allied Programmes


Allied programmes

Allied Programmes

  • USA

    • Land Warrior

    • Future Warrior

    • Marine Expeditionary Rifle Squad

  • FR

    • FELIN

  • GE

    • IdZ

      … And many others ...


The uk fist programme2

The UK FIST Programme

  • The Need

  • The Programme

  • Increasing Combat Effectiveness

  • Summary


The programme

The Programme

  • The Technology Demonstrator Programme

  • The ‘Get Well’ Programme

  • The Requirement

  • The FIST Programme


The technology demonstrator programme

Enhanced Surveillance

& Target Acquisition

The Technology Demonstrator Programme

Remote Sensors

C4I

Enhanced Protection

Rapid Area Effects

Robust and underpinned by validated OA…….


The get well package

The ‘Get Well’ Package


The get well package1

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


The requirement

The Requirement

  • Conduct DCC

  • Move

  • Find

  • Engage

Soldier as a System………….

Section as a Platform…….


The fist programme

Key Programme Details

A 3 year AP programme

Production Phase 2008

Initial Operating Capability 2009

29681 Systems

03 04 05 06 07 08 09

AP Contract Placement

Assessment Phases

COEIA/staffing

Business Case and supporting

data for Main Gate

Demonstration & Manufacture

In Service Date

Bde Level Operation

The FIST Programme


Who gets fist

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


Incremental acquisition

Incremental Acquisition

IG

MG

FIST 1

Assessment

Develop &

Manufacture

In-Service

Service experience

IG

MG

FIST 2

Assessment

Develop &

Manufacture

In-Service

Service experience

IG

MG

FIST 3

Assessment

R & D - Integrated Soldier Technology


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The UK FIST Programme

  • The Need

  • The Programme

  • Increasing Combat Effectiveness

  • Summary


Increasing combat effectiveness

Increasing Combat Effectiveness

  • Man in the Loop

  • Environmental Factors

  • Physical Realities

  • Lethality: a Case Study


Human factors

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.


Human interfaces

Human Interfaces

Section, 200m, Iraqi Infantry in the open, fire!


Human interfaces1

You’ve got mail!

Human Interfaces

200m, Enemy Infantry, better text the blokes!


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

The Human Challenges


Increasing combat effectiveness1

Increasing Combat Effectiveness

  • Man in the Loop

  • Environmental Factors

  • Physical Realities

  • Lethality: a Case Study


Environmental challenges

Environmental Challenges


Increasing combat effectiveness2

Increasing Combat Effectiveness

  • Man in the Loop

  • Environmental Factors

  • Physical Realities

  • Lethality: a Case Study


Physical realities

Physical Realities

  • Human contact an enduring requirement

  • Tempo

  • Requires own tactical agility

  • Physical constraints:

    • Load carriage

    • Weight

    • Power (= weight)


Weight

Weight


Increasing combat effectiveness3

Increasing Combat Effectiveness

  • Man in the Loop

  • Environmental Factors

  • Physical Realities

  • Lethality: a Case Study


Where we are now

CommanderSA80 IW

EPG

Day Sight - SUSAT

II Sight - CWS

HMNVS

Binoculars

Grenadier

SA80 IW

40mm UGL

EPG

SUSAT

II Sight - CWS

HMNVS

Gunner

LMG

(94 mm LAW)

EPG

HMNVS

Marksman

SA80 LSW

EPG

SUSAT

II Sight - CWS

HMNVS

Where We Are Now

In future: NLAW, ASM at section level replacing 94 mm LAW


Possible system weights

Possible System Weights


Weight by category

Weight by Category

Kgs


Small arms weight reduction

Small Arms Weight Reduction


Sighting issues

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


Fist capabilities

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


Fire control systems

Vinghogs

FN2000

Noptel

TAVOR 2

XM29 OICW

Brashear

Fire Control Systems


Fist capabilities1

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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The UK FIST Programme

  • The Need

  • The Programme

  • Increasing Combat Effectiveness

  • Summary


Increasing combat effectiveness4

Increasing Combat Effectiveness

  • Need for a systems approach

  • No ‘killer application’

  • Soldier-centric

  • Managing real estate and weight

  • Integration


Integration

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


Fist vision

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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