Size, Weight, and Power-Cooling (SWaP-C) Reduction by Consolidation of Electronic Components – Phase II

NCMS Project #: 142084

Problem: In order to meet or exceed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) fuel economy standards for traditional combustion engines, the industry as a whole must lower vehicle weight and ensure power is available to sensors and components, some of which are critical to the safety of the driver and passengers of the vehicle.  The Army is experiencing similar challenges with their combat vehicle fleet which consists of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle (BFV) and Abrams tank.

Benefit: Phase II specifically will demonstrate how to conduct safety critical testing and certification in reduced time with improved safety compliance.  An increase in supply availability along with an overall decrease in costs to both industry and citizens will be realized through longer lifecycle upgrades that are based on planned capability improvement vs. forced obsolescence.

Solution/Approach: Phase I of this initiative focused on exploring methods to develop a single new Line Replaceable Unit (LRU) that consolidates the functions of three legacy LRUs while leveraging technology that is obsolescence resistant while providing smart growth for future capability functionalities.  Phase II will build upon the lessons learned in Phase I and will qualify the new LRU prototype for design verification testing for use in the Abrams M1A2T.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Mitigate obsolescence/supply chain risks
  • Reduce the environmental burdens
  • Decrease maintenance and sustainment costs
  • Ensure warfighter readiness

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army TACOM, Integrated Logistics Support Center (ILSC)
  • Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems (PEO GCS)
  • Program Management (PM) Main Battle Tank Systems (MBTS)
  • Product Director (PD) Foreign Military Sales (FMS)
  • U.S. Army Combat Capability Development Command (DEVCOM) Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC)
  • U.S. Army Combat Capability Development Command (DEVCOM) Armaments Center (AC)

Industry Participation:

  • General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS-Canada)
  • Leonardo DRS Land Electronics (DRS) (observer)
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

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

Focus Area:

  • Advanced/additive manufacturing