Airless Tire Technology

NCMS Project #: 141005

Problem: Currently, air-filled tires have an inherent potential for air loss resulting in immobility of the vehicle and potential loss of control of the vehicle jeopardizing the safety of the operator, surrounding vehicles, and the general public.  The DoD Service Maintenance Activity has similar problems with air-filled tires and will participate on the project as a proof of concept surrogate for implementation of airless tire technologies for use by commercial industry, and for benefit to the general public.

Benefit: Understanding and documenting the parameters for airless tire technology development will allow for scalable development for current vehicle sustainment platforms used by the general public, commercial industry and DoD to provide improved maintenance and sustainment cost solutions.

Solution/Approach: The scope of the project is to develop a scalable, airless (non-pneumatic) tire with the same performance characteristics as an air-filled tire, but without the loss of air pressure.  This airless tire technology will be developed for the Special Operations Command’s (SOCOM’s) military Light Tactical All-Terrain Vehicles (LTATV) to reduce maintenance costs and to enhance Warfighter readiness.  The vehicles selected will serve as ideal test subjects to facilitate a smooth technology transition across service and commercial organizations in the future.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Improve maintainer and vehicle safety
  • Reduce maintenance and logistic costs
  • Provide consistent flow of goods and services
  • Decrease environmental impact
  • Increase warfighter readiness

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC)

Industry Participation:

  • Michelin
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Maintenance avoidance and reliability
  • Positive environmental impact
  • Safety

Focus Area:

  • Reliability improvement