Improving Maintenance of Multi-Function Electronic Sensors

NCMS Project #: 142036

Problem: Finding new and innovative ways to maintain and sustain radar sensor systems with their complex technologies, numerous lines of code, and proprietary intellectual property constraints continues to be a significant challenge.  The primary challenges to maintain a radar sensor system rests with the access and availability of technical data (both software and physical hardware) and the availability and resiliency of the supply chain which supports it.  

Benefit: New supply chain diversification processes and tools can provide commercial sectors the methods to transform foreign sensors to a domestic system that is able to operate, maintain, and sustain critical infrastructure in times of foreign supply chain disruptions and geopolitical events.

Solution/Approach: The objective of this initiative is to transform a single function radar sensor into a multi-functional system that is software adaptable and will provide expanded functional capabilities without adding additional parts and hardware components that can malfunction.  Tasks from this initiative will provide the commercial and public sectors with the latest methods and processes to add functionality to sensors without the need of new hardware.  

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Improve supply chains
  • Decrease disruptions
  • Provide new capabilities
  • Reduce maintenance and sustainment costs
  • Increase warfighter readiness

DOD Participation:

  • Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems (PEO GCS), Product Manager Vehicle Protection Systems
  • U.S. Army CCDC, Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC)
  • U.S. Army CCDC, Command, Control, Computers, Communications, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C5ISR)

Industry Participation:

  • RADA USA, LLC
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Maintenance avoidance and reliability
  • Survivability
  • Reliability improvement

Focus Area:

  • Reliability improvement