Track Pad Maintenance and Sustainment Improvements – Phase II

NCMS Project #: 142023

Problem: The U.S. Army has started a program to help companies succeed in testing and becoming a qualified provider of parts listed on MIL-SPEC 11891G (tank tracks).  Lab testing is conducted at facilities of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) Once all the laboratory testing is complete, companies can then schedule the endurance portion of the certification, which is performance based.  If the endurance testing is successful, the industry partner will be listed on the QPL for MIL-SPEC 11891G.  If this level of certification is obtained, industries will be certified to use their formulations to bid and manufacture components for all track vehicles, which will ultimately include vehicles associated with private industry, agriculture, construction, as well as other military applications.

Benefit: A reduced cost of qualified rubber compound materials for use in agricultural and construction industries, in addition to the military applications, will serve as a catalyst to encourage job growth in this industry and support a healthy American industrial economy. 

Solution/Approach: Phase I centered around an effort to achieve QPL certification on new rubber compounds for the T-158LL Track Shoe Assembly.  Phase II will focus on completing the Elastomer Track Component Pre-Qualification Process which incorporates three separate stages.  Phase II will begin with the first round of prototype part submittals to GVSC for Stage 2 testing and approval centered around the prototype parts and their rubber coating compounds.  This approval is needed to move forward with on-vehicle testing of new parts.  

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Increase product longevity
  • Lower maintenance costs
  • Better surface protection
  • Reduce downtime
  • Expand supply base
  • Improve warfighter readiness

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC)
  • U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)

Industry Participation:

  • Delta Capital Research
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Maintenance avoidance and reliability
  • Improved readiness
  • Survivability
  • Durability
  • Reliability improvement

Focus Area:

  • Reliability Improvement