Vehicle Operator Control Handle Improvements for Maintenance and Sustainment

NCMS Project #: 141026

Problem: The DoD does not currently have the advantage of a universal operating handle.  The Bradley Fighting Vehicle (BFV) is a prime example, as it uses an older style joy-stick design for its control system inputs.  Critical to the BFV mission is the fire control system in the vehicle’s turret.  Like older specialized components on legacy commercial industry fleets, the main controls of the BFV system, the Gunner’s and Commander’s Hand Stations, are both facing obsolescence and field problems.

Benefit: Integrating a universal, common hand station will cost significantly less than starting from scratch on a new design, as utilizing a fielded base design with mission specific grips for each position will maximize efficiency of design, flexibility and costs.

Solution/Approach: To address both the obsolescence and field problem facing the hand stations, this project looks to make use of a commercially available hand station design that can be customized for the vehicle’s mission. Newer components in the commercial design, and shrouded grip designs, will address both issues with a single solution.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Reduce downtime and maintenance costs
  • Improve warfighter readiness
  • Leverage commercial designs

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDEVCOM) Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC)
  • U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM), Integrated Logistics Support Center (ILSC)
  • PM Bradley
  • U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center (AMRDEC), Systems Simulation, Software and Integration (S3I)

Industry Participation:

  • Ultra MSI
  • BAE Systems (observer)
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Obsolescence management and continued maintenance capability
  • Safety
  • Improved readiness

Focus Area:

  • Other