Advanced Manufacturing to Increase Aircraft Functionality and Sustainability – Phase II

NCMS Project #: 142085

Problem: Multi-role aircraft provide operational flexibility at a considerable savings over purchasing a separate aircraft.  By introducing a Removable Amphibious Float Modification (RAFM) to a MC-130J, commanders will have a kit that can be removed/installed in-field within 48-96 hours.

Benefit: The completion of these tasks will serve as an example to the commercial industry for how using advanced materials, virtual prototyping, virtual visualization, and advanced manufacturing can make an aircraft kit that will temporarily modify an existing aircraft to have amphibious capabilities.

Solution/Approach: In Phase II the project team will build upon the work done in Phase I and refine the overall concept.  Computeraided design (CAD) development will begin and a virtual simulation of the models to assess performance, maintenance, and sustainment trade-offs that need to be considered as the initiative moves forward will be performed.  Phase II will also include the development of a digital twin.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Reduces time and cost of delivering safety and mission critical capabilities
  • Provides better optimize the productivity of existing fleets
  • Seaborne operations increase maritime access and placement
  • Improves mobility and logistics options
  • Increases warfighter readiness and lethality

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC)
  • U.S. Air Force Research Labs – Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation (AFRL-SDPE)
  • U.S. Air Force Life-Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC)
  • U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) (observer)

Industry Participation:

  • Hackrod Studios
  • Aelius Exploitation Technologies
  • Siemens Government Technologies
  • Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC)
  • Lockheed Martin (observer)
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Improved readiness
  • Survivability

Focus Area:

  • Additive manufacturing