Project Announcement: Innovative Small Form Factor Auxiliary Power Units – Phase IV

The DOD is partnering with industry and academia on a multi-phase CTMA initiative to demonstrate a small innovative Auxiliary Power Unit based on a set of requirements that are not vehicle specific, which can then be used to evaluate its effectiveness as a secondary power source on both legacy and new vehicles.

Innovative APUs have been leveraging new modular technologies that are significantly smaller, lighter, and easier to maintain, while increasing interoperability between platforms. Newer, innovative APUs can also provide more robust power management, routing, and diagnostics capabilities, enabling significant reductions in additional maintenance and sustainment costs over the lifecycle of the equipment or vehicle. Newer APUs can also reduce fuel consumption, increase time between overhauls, lower noise emissions, and increased power density with less installation space required.

The objective of Phase IV is to incorporate the validated enabling technologies and “digital twin” from Phase III and produce a suitable and effective advanced auxiliary power unit capable of meeting the electric power demands of today’s armored military platforms. Measures of effectiveness will include power output (quantity and quality) and non-detectability; while measures of suitability will include reliability, maintainability, size, weight, fuel efficiency, and platform interoperability. Overall objectives of the project include:

  • Produce an APU with a modular architecture that can provide > 10kW of 28V DC power configured for external use on a vehicle for Phase IV field trials but has the capability to be integrated internal to the vehicle in future phases.
  • Conduct an assessment of system capabilities against requirements in a near-operational environment.

If you feel your organization has the technical capabilities and would like to be considered for this project, please complete the form below and upload your organization’s technical capabilities statement.

Interested Submissions Due by 8/8/2023.

We encourage the participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), including Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs).