Advanced Braking and Suspension Systems to Improve Reliability and Reduce Maintenance – Phase III

NCMS Project #: 142195

Problem: Maintaining legacy braking systems requires much more effort as the brake pads wear out much quicker.  As the paint or coating chips away, parts are exposed to the elements.  As corrosion quickly attacks and rust rapidly forms, total brake pad failure and accelerated wear to the rotors is inevitable. 

Benefit: Project deliverables will benefit commercial vehicle owners by demonstrating how older, legacy vehicles can be retrofitted successfully with newer, safer, more advanced components that can reduce accidents, decrease maintenance, and give older vehicles more capabilities.  

Solution/Approach: Phase III expands the lessons learned in previous phases and establishes new instructor, operator, and maintainer training plans and packages required to transition the advanced braking and suspension retrofit installation procedures across 10 new active Army and Army National Guard maintenance sites.  Introducing modern suspension and braking systems to maintainers of legacy vehicles will expand their skill set and better position them for future maintenance workloads.  

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Reduce asset downtime and maintenance costs 
  • Decrease logistics footprint 
  • Improve safety 
  • Increase readiness and mission capabilities 

DOD Participation:

  • Chief, Tactical Execution Branch
  • RRAD Program Manager
  • Red River Army Depot (RRAD)
  • Fort Bliss, TX 
  • Fort Belvoir, VA 
  • Fort Bragg, NC 
  • Fort Campbell, KY 
  • Fort Carson, CO 
  • Fort Custer, MI 
  • Fort Drum, NY 
  • Goose Creek, SC 
  • Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA 
  • Fort Stewart, GA 
  • Product Director, Light Tactical Vehicles (PD LTV) 

Industry Participation:

  • Ricardo Defense
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Maintenance avoidance and reliability
  • Safety
  • Survivability
  • Reliability improvement

Focus Area:

  • Workforce development/visualization

Final Report