High Power Electrical Distribution Equipment for Sustainability and Performance Improvement

NCMS Project #: 141077

Problem: There is significant discussion about the evolution of electric vehicles and other high-power electrical systems and what it will take to effectively invest, maintain, and sustain them at a reasonable cost to consumers and the public sector.At the same time, it is important to note that electrification is not just related to vehicle power train or energy storage systems.  It can also be linked to auxiliary devices such as power controllers and Power Take Offs (PTOs) that move power to and from electrical systems to other components.Maintaining and sustaining electronic systems continue to be a challenge as they are expensive and difficult to repair and/or replace when they fail. 

Benefit: The comprehensive testing required during this project will provide lessons learned for similar vehicle platforms of scope and scale in other legacy fleets across other services and industries.

Solution/Approach: Software changes, new cyber threats, and electronics part obsolescence are all becoming major drivers in sustaining these systems throughout their life cycle.  The overall goal of this project is to identify an obsolescence and supply chain risk-mitigated common legacy electronic component design across a family of electronic equipment associated vehicles that has improvements for high-power distribution and motion controls that will lead to lower maintenance and sustainment costs.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Reduce lifecycle costs
  • Reliable power distribution
  • Increase safety
  • Enhance warfighter readiness and lethality

DOD Participation:

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

Industry Participation:

  • General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS)
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Maintenance avoidance and reliability
  • Obsolescence management and continued maintenance capability
  • Improved readiness
  • Energy efficiency
  • Durability
  • Reliability improvement
  • Lightweighting

Focus Area:

  • Part reverse engineering