Security Enhanced Maintenance Support Device (SE MSD) & Cybersecurity Improvements – Phase II

NCMS Project #: 142049

Problem: Companies in industries such as the transportation, airline and mobility have continued to look towards Vehicle Health Management Systems (VHMS) and Condition Based Maintenance (CBM)/Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) to keep vehicles operating dependably and to avoid costly unplanned maintenance.  The addition of network connectivity brings with it significant new cybersecurity concerns for VHMS.

Benefit: The security technology used by the SE MSD can be transferred to commercial and automotive and transportation/mobility systems to provide the same high level of cybersecurity protection for their At-Vehicle/At-Platform portable maintenance support devices, providing privacy and security protections to end users.

Solution/Approach: Using the Army’s Abrams Family of Vehicle as a surrogate to industry, Maintenance Support Devices (MSD) will be further advanced to increase capabilities and incorporate the security enhancements for the next generation of MSD to facilitate technology transition across a fleet of vehicles and/or weapons systems.  Phase II will build upon the successes of the initial work, expand the CBM capabilities and incorporate the security enhancements for the next generation of MSD.  

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Increased security 
  • Reduce asset downtime 
  • Decrease maintenance and sustainment cost 
  • Improve warfighter readiness 

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army, Product Directorate Main Battle Tank Systems (PD MBTS)
  • U.S. Army, Program Executive Office, Ground Combat Systems (PEO GCS)
  • U.S. Army, Program Executive Office, Combat Support & Combat Service Support (PEO CSCSS)

Industry Participation:

  • Leonardo DRS, DRS Land Electronics
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Repair turn-around time
  • Maintenance management improvement
  • Improved readiness
  • Reliability improvement

Focus Area:

  • CBM+

Final Report