Vehicle Spare Tire Carrier

NCMS Project #: 141002

Problem: Large, oversized tires are heavy, require specialized mounting hardware, and often a unique dismount apparatus.  In addition, the commercial tire change process tends to require a highly-specialized skill set, making it challenging for companies to change tires in-house Similarly, the Stryker combat vehicle lacks the ability to carry spare tires; solving this maintenance gap would allow for safer and effective maintenance and sustainment while in various combat kitted configurations.  The lack of a spare tire carrier kit is the primary roadblock.

Benefit: To maximize the benefit of industrial and military vehicle platforms, there needs to be more flexibility in their design.  This flexibility will increase the usefulness of vehicles such as the Stryker units, making them more versatile and more operationally effective.  Having a storage system and specific location for the spare tire is paramount to facilitate mission accomplishment and crew safety.

Solution/Approach: The intent of this project is to develop a spare tire fielding solution for key replacement on Infantry Carrier Vehicle Dragoon (ICVD) variants, that could be a surrogate for implementation by private industry for maintenance and sustainment operations.  The overall objective is to improve large industrial vehicle and military vehicle spare tire carry capability and to make dismounting large, heavy tires safer and more effective to operators and maintainers.  A kitted tire accessory package mounted on the Stryker will provide the crew with the supplies and tools required to enable an emergency tire change.  

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Reduce costs
  • Improve safety
  • Revolutionize maintenance
  • Increase warfighter readiness

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army TACOM, PM Stryker
  • U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDEVCOM)

Industry Participation:

  • Milton Manufacturing
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Repair turn-around time
  • Maintenance avoidance and reliability
  • Safety
  • Maintenance management improvement
  • Improved readiness
  • Survivability

Focus Area:

  • Reliability improvement