Mortar Fire Control System (MFCS) components to come from MFCS prime EFW Inc. in $6.9 million deal
PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J., 8 May 2011. U.S. Army munitions experts needed components for the Mortar Fire-Control System (MFCS), which will provide digital control and accuracy similar to that of the M109A6 Paladin self-propelled howitzer to Army infantry soldiers firing the 120-millimeter mortar. They found their solution from EFW Inc., an Elbit Systems of America Company located in Fort Worth, Texas. Officials of the Army Contracting Command at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., awarded a $6.9 million contract to EFW last week to provide components for the MFCS.
The MFCS has components that include a commander's interface that links system components, performs ballistic calculations, and acts as a mortar ballistic computer; pointing device that enables the mortar to determine its own position; gunner's display that helps mortar crews point the tube for accurate firing; and a driver's display that helps mortar crews traveling in vehicles to drive toward targets when the crew receives a call for fire.
The idea behind the MFCS is to enable self-propelled 120-millimeter mortar crews to fire within a minute of receiving fire orders with accuracy within 200 feet at the mortar's maximum range. Digital radio networks enable the MFCS to communicate with the Army's Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS).