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

NCMS Project #: 141076

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.  Commercial vehicles and equipment in sectors such as mining, forestry, aircraft manufacturing, and medical equipment have even bigger challenges since the electrical power to operate mission equipment packages such as excavators, ladders, and robotic arms can cause significant personnel injuries and/or damage to property if they fail.  As the commercial industry struggles with electrical component maintenance and sustainment on older vehicles, the DOD faces similar challenges. 

Benefit: A Technical Data Package (TDP) suitable for competitive procurement will be provided.  Results will serve as a model for implementation of similar efficient technologies across a multitude of other vehicle platforms, for industry and government organizations alike.

Solution/Approach: This initiative will explore 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.  The new LRU will meet or exceed all functional and performance metrics of the three legacy LRUs and provide SWaP-C improvements reducing storage space for spare units.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Enhance warfighter readiness
  • Reduce logistics footprint
  • Provide additional diagnostic capabilities
  • Decrease maintenance and sustainment costs
  • Extend equipment lifecycles

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army TACOM, Integrated Logistics Support Center (ILSC)
  • Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems (PEO GCS)
  • U.S. Army CCDC Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC)

Industry Participation:

  • General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS)
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

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

Focus Area:

  • Part reverse engineering