Advanced and Holistic Vehicle and Subsystem Design

NCMS Project #: 142079

Problem: 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.

Benefit: Combining Holistic Vehicle Survivability (HVS) and an advanced engineering principles design approach with advanced materials and manufacturing techniques will result in the desired balance between high levels of survivability and occupant protection and a substantial weight savings to reduce maintenance and improve sustainability over the vehicle’s lifecycle.  These lighter weight vehicles will have reduced maintenance and sustainment costs compared to vehicles designed in the traditional approach.

Solution/Approach: The initiative will approach vehicle design from the onset using a holistic approach 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.  Using the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) program as surrogate to industry, a demonstration of capabilities that are achievable when survivability solutions are optimally integrated as new, fully modern design concepts will be conducted.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Optimize vehicle design outcomes to reduce weight, increase durability and occupant protection
  • Improve wear durability by using advanced materials and processes
  • Reduce maintenance and sustainment costs
  • Expand vehicle modular architecture for configuration upgrades
  • Increase warfighter readiness and lethality

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army Program Manager – Maneuver Combat Systems (PM-MCS)
  • U.S. Army Next Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV) Cross Functional Team (CFT)
  • 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 (Canada)
  • 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