The Family of Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) Capabilities (F2C) portfolio provides modular, scalable, and layered capabilities across multiple mission profiles to detect, identify, mark, and interrogate or confirm in order to neutralize improvised explosive hazards prior to detonation; or to mitigate detonation effects at the point of attack while protecting Marines and systems. The F2C military objective is to improve force protection and increase freedom of action for forward-deployed Marine expeditionary forces against adversaries that employ improvised explosive devices (IED) in complex threat environments. The mounted route reconnaissance and clearance (R2C) capability set within F2C mitigates the threat of mines, IEDs, and obstacles along routes in MAGTF areas of operation. R2C units can perform detection, interrogation, marking, and clearance of explosive and non-explosive obstacles in order to ensure the mobility of friendly forces. In addition, it provides a rapidly employable set capable of performing route reconnaissance to obtain information about key terrain features, route conditions, and obstacles along specific routes. The dismounted portion of F2C provides hand-held detectors that combine both metal and carbon rod detection with ground penetrating radar and provides hand-held interrogation and confirmation tools as well as stand-off marking and reporting of IEDs. The robotic portion of F2C provides scalable stand-off detection and confirmation with a limited neutralization capability.
This capability is essential for maintaining access, shaping the battlespace, establishing the initiative, positioning forces, and supporting dispersed forces. This capability ensures maneuver and sustainment forces reach their objectives even when subject to attack by the variety of explosive weapons and ambushes characteristic of irregular warfare and the current operational environment. It provides warfighter and system survivability against asymmetric threats. F2C operations also enable stability operations tasks related to humanitarian assistance, limited governance, restoration of essential public services, and other reconstruction efforts by providing access and protection to the executing forces. Support in gathering geospatial information vital for mobility planning is also provided through F2C operations.
R2C Increment I is currently fielded. Increment II will replace the standard D0027 Cougar 6x6, and will replace it with an upgraded version integrated with the interrogation arm assembly, Vehicle Optic Surveillance System and the Instrument Set, Reconnaissance and Surveying system. R2C increment II will be initial operations capable 1st quarter FY18, and fully operations capable 4th quarter FY18. The Husky Mine Detection System-Wire Detection upgrade and a hand-held confirmation tool (Sickle Stick) will be procured in FY19.
The F2C Family of Systems uses products from multiple vendors and government agencies including:
Force Protection Industries, Inc. (FPII), Charleston, SC
General Dynamics Land Systems, Sterling Heights, MI
CEIA USA, Ltd., Twinsburg, OH
Vallon GmbH, Eningen, Germany
Chemring Sensors & Electronic Systems (NIITEK), Sterling, VA
Northrop Grumman, McLean, VA
Lockheed Martin Gyrocam - Bethesda, MD