Ncompass-Voyager The Duke, IED Countermeasure Device Test Program Set (TPS)

NCMS Project #: 140838

Problem:  The Ncompass-Voyager tests all circuits/wires all the time, concurrently and continuously, for the duration of the test. If an intermittent fault occurs on any circuit/wire, the Ncompass-Voyager detects, isolates and stores the precise location of the event. To date, the Ncompass-Voyager has been utilized with tremendous success on U.S. and NATO forces equipment including but not limited to the UH-60, CH-47, C-130J, M1-A1, Tornado GR4 and Eurofighter Typhoon.

Because of the success realized in detecting and isolating intermittent faults, open circuits, short circuits and other wiring problems in the above-mentioned weapon systems, the government desires to expand use of the Ncompass-Voyager to the Duke improvised explosive device (IED) countermeasure device. This initiative will expand the demonstrated Ncompass-Voyager capability to Tobyhanna Army Depot (TYAD) to detect and isolate intermittent faults and other wiring problems in the Duke IED countermeasure device to eliminate jammed frequencies and neutralize the threats.

Benefit:  Utilizing this capability at Ogden Air Logics Complex, Hill AFB to test the F-16 MLPRF has already yielded a 28x return on investment (ROI) by returning to service MLPRFs that had previously been considered “unrepairable,” and by more than tripling the MLPRF reliability.

Solution/Approach:  By providing this capability to TYAD, not only would it enable the repair of the Duke IED countermeasure device, but it would also prove the usefulness of this detection and isolation equipment for other DoD weapons systems in the future. Significantly improving the reliability of the Duke IED countermeasure device will also demonstrate the overall business case by having a short payback period and a better than double ROI, in essence paying for itself.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Improve mean time between repairs
  • Improve warfighter readiness
  • Reduce maintenance costs

DOD Participation:

  • S. Army (Tobyhanna)
  • S. Air Force (Warner Robins ALC)
  • S. Navy (NAVAIR Patuxent River)

Industry Participation:

  • Universal Synaptics
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Repair turn-around time
  • Obsolescence management and continued maintenance capability
  • Positive environmental impact
  • Improved readiness

Focus Area:

  • Enhanced inspection