Updating Legacy Equipment Technical Data Packages for Improved Manufacturability and Maintenance

NCMS Project #: 142158

Problem: Economic and geopolitical events can impact critical suppliers and their capacity to deliver parts in a timely manner.  This impacts the ability to effectively maintain and sustain military weapon systems by adding significant costs and time delays to resolve maintenance and sustainment issues for military systems that are not mission capable.  The impact of just one critical part or tool being unavailable on the battlefield can cause significant readiness and maintenance issues to weapons and other associated systems.  Having a complete initial provisioning kit that includes the right spare parts and tools readily available for maintainers is instrumental in maintaining and sustaining weapon system readiness and availability. 

Benefit: The Army will utilize the lessons learned from this initiative to make informed decisions on how to apply the processes and tools learned during this initiative to integrate other vehicle platforms to help improve maintenance and sustainment of vehicles and other weapon systems across the Army and other DOD organizations. This project will benefit the commercial vehicle industry by demonstrating how commonality at the sub-assembly and component level reduces inventory, decreases set-up time, increases productivity, maximizes flexibility, and improves their competitiveness.

Solution/Approach: This effort will develop and demonstrate a manufacturing process and updated technical data package for armored vehicles to facilitate flexible variants and tailor ability of protection packages to meet specific threatsUtilizing modeling and simulation technologies, advanced materials, government furnished information, and the latest engineering, testing, and manufacturing processes, the project team will develop, pilot, refine and document the processes to address these supply chain and provisioning deficiencies.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Reduce maintenance and sustainment costs 
  • Increase operational and warfighter readiness 
  • Enhance strategic flexibility 
  • Improve supply chain diversification 

DOD Participation:

  • Program Executive Office (PEO) – Ground Combat System (GCS) 

Industry Participation:

  • CLogic Defense
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Repair turn-around time
  • Maintenance avoidance and reliability
  • Safety
  • Survivability
  • Durability
  • Lightweighting

Focus Area:

  • Reliability improvement (hardware)