This summer marked the Army's fourth attempt to enter GBCS-L into initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E), said an Army source close to the program.
Rather than regroup for another attempt at an IOT&E program next year, program officials opted for a rigorous developmental and operational test program in which the GBCS-L's future operators, the 82nd Airborne, could participate and assess the GBCS-L hardware to determine if it would meet their operational needs.
Although the final test results won't be released until the first quarter of FY99, the 82nd is expected to take deliveries of the GBCS-L after some system changes and "ergonomic" improvements are made.
With the first Light system slated for the 82nd, the Army's only other GBCS-L may be delivered to the 104th Military Intelligence Battalion based at Ft.
After these GBCS-L deliveries are made, the Army will turn its attention to the EH-60L AQF.
As the GBCS-L underwent its latest round of tests at Huachuca, the user community looked at the existing ORD and decided that it was time to update it.
Platforms for the subsystems include the XM1070 Electronic Fighting Vehicle System for the GBCS-H, the EH-60A helicopter for the AQL and the M1097 High Mobility Multi-Wheeled Vehicle for the interim GBCS-L
. The government will supply the carriers, enclosures, masts, most electronic subsystems and available data.