Advanced Automated Test Equipment for Vehicle Maintenance Programs – Phase II

NCMS Project #: 142034

Problem: Obsolescence is a recurring issue in electrical components, across a multitude of private and public vehicle fleets.  Mitigating obsolescence is costly and presents a challenge with no standard practices currently in place.  Commercial industry is struggling with the testing capabilities for newly redesigned Line Replaceable Units/Shop Replaceable Units (LRUs/SRUs).  In addition, the U.S. military’s demand for these components has exceeded the projections based on similar legacy components, resulting in a constantly depleted supply system.

Benefit: Upon completion of Phase II of this effort, the new ATE will be able to effectively and accurately identify all faults in BFV LRUs/SRUs resulting in faster resolution of maintenance issues, better ease of use by maintainers, increased vehicle and component operational availability, and decreased lifecycle costs.

Solution/Approach: Because an upgrade to the Army’s current Automated Test Equipment (ATE) is needed to address obsolescence issues related to the Bradley Fighting Vehicle (BFV), this platform serves as an ideal surrogate to allow for more efficient testing and diagnosis of out-of-date electrical components.  Phase II will apply the lessons learned from the initial ATE proofofconcept on the Turret Drive Control Unit (TDCU) LRU and will further develop the equipment and processes needed to test all the remaining BFV LRUs/SRUs with the same common logic board.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Decrease overall maintenance and sustainment costs
  • Faster, easier, efficient and informed troubleshooting solutions/processes
  • Reduce logistics footprint and waste
  • Improve warfighter readiness and lethality

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army TACOM, Integrated Logistics Support Center (ILSC)
  • Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems (PEO GCS)
  • U.S. Army CCDC Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC)

Industry Participation:

  • Larson Automation
  • BAE (observer)
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Repair turn-around time
  • Maintenance avoidance and reliability
  • Obsolescence management and continued maintenance capability
  • Positive environmental impact
  • Maintenance management improvement
  • Improved readiness
  • Survivability
  • Durability
  • Reliability improvement

Focus Area:

  • Alternate manufacturing methods