18th - 19th September, 2024
UTAC Millbrook, Bedfordshire

Fires, Infrastucture and Manoeuvre Support (FIMS)

The creation of FIMS brings together the high-performing teams of Artillery Systems and Operational Infrastructure into a single portfolio. Arty Sys is responsible for through-life delivery and support of 18 projects, both in service and procurement, from sensor to shooter.

The team is grouped into;

  • Surveillance and Target Acquisition Systems responsible for the Acoustic Sound Ranging Programme (ASP), Lightweight Counter Mortar Radar (LCMR), Mobile Artillery Monitoring Battlefield Radar (MAMBA) and Man-portable Surveillance and Target Acquisition Radar (MSTAR).
    This group is currently procuring the Dismounted Joint Fires Integrator (D-JFI) a suite of equipment that provides enhanced precision targeting information for Fire Support Teams as well as life extension programmes for MAMBA and MSTAR.
  • Command, Control and Targeting Software Applications manage the Fire Control Battlefield Information System Application (FC BISA) and the NATO Armaments Ballistic Kernel (NABK). We have recently brought into service the FC BISA v4.0 which will improve FC BISA functionality and allow digital fires ensuring that the UK maintains interoperability with allies.
  • Indirect Fire Platforms responsible for the Interim 155mm Archer 6×6 platform, 105mm L118 Light Gun and 13Pdr Guns used on ceremonial duties.
  • Precision Artillery responsible for Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) and the GPS Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS)
  • New Cat A Projects, currently Arty Sys have 2 x Cat A Projects. SERPENS, the next-generation weapons locating system looking to replace MAMBA, ASP and LCMR by 2026 is in the assessment phase. Mobile Fires Platform (MFP), in the concept phase, will be combined with a new generation of longer-range and more accurate and lethal ammunition, to replace AS90 as the fires capability to enable manoeuvre at the divisional level or in a medium limited intervention.

OI has a broad remit to deliver and sustain deployable living and working infrastructure & battlefield utilities, through life, in order to equip and support current and future operations for our Armed Forces.

OI covers 13 OBIs that are used across all of defence on overseas and UK operations and major capstone exercises. The portfolio is a balanced mix of new capability projects and In-Service Support. OI enables Defence deployable activity, from overseas land operations to the storage and protection of the RAF’s fleet of aircraft and the deployable technical workshops aboard the QE class aircraft carrier. They have also provided equipment to support the crisis in Ukraine. OI is organised into four delivery pillars:

  • Infrastructure: Domestic, technical and HQ accommodation systems (SJTFHQ, HQ ARRC, 3 (UK) Div, 1 (UK) Div), force protection engineering (Sangars, HESCO walling, HQ buildings), expedient surfaces (temporary operating surfaces for rotary wing aircraft and vehicles), and all Defence field hospitals.
  • Utilities: Deployable power (FEPS, LFG), fuel (JOFS2) and water (CWSS).
  • Workshops: Workshop tools and test equipment, military equipment tool solutions, general purpose test & measuring equipment and deployable technical support systems.
  • Bridging: Amphibious (M3, TRITON), Short, Medium and Long Gap (MGCC, BR90, TYRO)