Advanced and Holistic Vehicle and Subsystem Design – Phase II

NCMS Project #: 142101

Problem: Anticipated threats from near peer adversaries requires protection technologies beyond what can be achieved by current vehicles built with traditional heavyweight materials, integration approaches and manufacturing techniques.  Historically, ground vehicle survivability technologies have been integrated onto a vehicle platform as an after-thought or in a patched approach as threats and other operational requirements change over time.  This leads to vehicles that are overweight, expensive to maintain, cumbersome, and lack the ability for efficient configuration changes.  The traditional process for ground vehicle design cannot achieve desired levels of sustainment and survivability without unacceptable sacrifices to cost and other key performance parameters.  It has become clear that traditional approaches for vehicle development will not produce a viable next generation combat vehicle (NGCV) system, and an alternative process is needed.

Benefit: This effort will ultimately improve vehicle survivability while reducing the need for time consuming maintenance activities.  The completion of these tasks will serve as an example to commercial industry in how to use a Holistic Vehicle Survivability (HVS) approach to provide a better, safer, and more sustainable solution.

Solution/Approach: The solution is to approach vehicle design by leveraging advanced techniques coupled with modeling and simulation technology that will reinforce the core structure of a vehicle using innovative design techniques and advanced materials, thereby reducing necessary hull mass.  Additional focus areas for this Phase II effort include the durability, maintenance and sustainment areas of these advanced survivability materials and a synthetic concept model that incorporates the survivability sub-systems addressed in the Phase I effort.  This will be used to showcase the full vehicle value and capabilities of a survivabilityfocused, holistic vehicle systems integration approach.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Increase warfighter safety and vehicle readiness 
  • Reduce maintenance and sustainment costs 
  • Decrease vehicle weight and fuel consumption 
  • Enhance NGCV system growth and development innovation 

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army Program Manager – Maneuver Combat Systems (PM-MCS) 
  • U.S. Army Next Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV) Cross Functional Team (CFT) Stakeholders 
  • U.S. Army Program Executive Office (PEO)-Ground Combat Systems (GCS) and sub commands (observer) 
  • U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM), Integrated Logistics Support Center (ILSC) (observer) 
  • U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM), Program Manager Light Armored Vehicles (PM LAV) & PEO-Land Systems Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV) (observer) 
  • U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Program Manager Family of Special Operations Vehicles (PM FOSOV) Advanced Ground Mobility System (observer) 

Industry Participation:

  • Armatec Survivability Corporation
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Repair turn-around time
  • Obsolescence management and continued maintenance capability
  • Maintenance management improvement
  • Improved readiness
  • Reliability improvement

Focus Area:

  • Reliability improvement (hardware)