Advanced Vehicle Communications Technologies to Reduce Vehicle Maintenance and Sustainment Costs

NCMS Project #: 142081

Problem: For the U.S. Army, the current vehicle design has all equipment and infrastructure connected using a wired system architecture.  This core wired Ethernet infrastructure typically forms the backbone for data communications within a vehicle, which interconnects all the vehicle elements such as mission systems, Command, Control, Communication and Computers (C4), vehicle sensors, and the automotive network.  wireless Ethernet backbone could be integrated into ground combat vehicles to provide an Ethernet in-vehicle network with wireless capability for real-time and safety-critical systems, automotive CAN-based systems, and all computing resources within the vehicle. 

Benefit: This initiative is using the U.S. Army’s next generation combat vehicle as a surrogate to industry to demonstrate how using a wireless Ethernet backbone can improve the performance of commercial vehicle fleets with the intent on lowering maintenance and sustainment costs throughout the vehicle and fleet lifecycle

Solution/Approach: The intent of this initiative is to conduct a feasibility study to determine the operational and maintenance benefits associated with a vehicle wireless Ethernet backbone.  This could represent a viable solution that can be integrated on a Next Generation Combat Vehicle, which delivers the maximal wireless Ethernet backbone capability to link up all field units and military personnel within the vehicle.  

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Enables predicative maintenance solutions
  • Decease maintenance and sustainment costs
  • Reduce electromagnetic and signature management risks
  • Streamline vehicle and fleet design
  • Increase warfighter communication, safety, 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:

  • Thales Defense & Security, Inc.
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Positive environmental impact
  • Safety
  • Maintenance management improvement
  • Improved readiness

Focus Area:

  • Reliability improvement