Improving Design Processes to Reduce Manufacturing Risks for Subcomponents

NCMS Project #: 142184

Problem: Vehicle models and brands have different firmware, computers, and electronics which make integration more difficult and expensive due to proprietary software and test equipment.  The more complex the parts and components, the higher the chance they can malfunction, creating long, complicated, and expensive repairs.  After a kit is integrated across a fleet of vehicles, there is also a risk that the logistics footprint of the fleet could increase exponentially, resulting in a requirement for more unique parts, specialized connectors, and additional labor to properly integrate and support the equipment over its lifecycle.

Benefit: The project will demonstrate how both commercial and government organizations can initiate processes and manufacturing best practices during the subcomponent design phase to improve equipment longevity, reduce maintenance down time, improve efficiencies and save overall sustainment costs.

Solution/Approach: The objective of this project is to develop and demonstrate a manufacturing process and an updated technical data package for armored vehicles to facilitate flexible variants and tailor ability of protection packages to meet specific threats.  To meet this objective, the team will use the Army’s Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) as a surrogate to research, refine, and design a common armor skirt to all five AMPV variant platforms ensuring the fleets future to enhance mobility, maneuverability, lethality, and operational safety.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Increase vehicle and equipment lifecycle 
  • Maximize operational readiness 
  • Reduce maintenance and sustainment costs 
  • Enhance warfighter safety 

DOD Participation:

  • Project Manager Mounted Armored Vehicles (PM MAV) 
  • Project Executive Office Ground Combat Systems (PEO GCS) 

Industry Participation:

  • CLogic Defense
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Repair turn-around time
  • Maintenance avoidance and reliability
  • Durability
  • Reliability improvement

Focus Area:

  • Reliability improvement (hardware)