Sources Sought: Additive Manufacturing of Lightweight Ground Fleet Military Vehicle Armor

NCMS is assisting the U.S. Army in seeking an industry partner(s) with the technology to design and develop a cost-effective additive manufacturing process to lightweight ground fleet military vehicle armor.


  • Vehicle armor allocates protection and increased weight on many ground fleet military operating vehicles.
  • This significant weight leads to increased maintenance and sustainment costs.
  • Additive manufactured armors are costly, have long lead times, and high material waste.
  • There are no known cost-effective methods through additive manufacturing to lightweight vehicle armor.


A weight reduction solution to current bolt-on up-armored kits for U.S. Army ground vehicles. While many traditional up-armored kits are traditionally manufactured Rolled Homogeneous Armor (RHA), this solution should involve cost-effective Advanced and Additive Manufacturing.

Desired Capabilities

  1. Reduction in the add-on up-armored kit weight with a threshold of maintaining vehicle survivability and an objective of increasing survivability. The desired threshold is a weight reduction of 15% for the armor kit and an objective of 25% weight reduction for the armor kit.
  2. A study of the production costs, waste, and lead times with a threshold of maintaining standards set by currently used traditional manufacturing, and an objective to reduce these items.
  3. Ability to demo – Production of test coupons/specimen for concept validation.
  4. Perform a Producibility, Quality, and Manufacturing (PQM) assessment for the proposed solution. This PQM assessment shall address and align with the criteria defined in the Defense Acquisition University’s Systems Engineering Brainbook found online.


Interested parties should complete the following form:
Background of capability development

  • Examples of where the capability is currently being used (if any)
  • A corporate presentation including engineering, manufacturing, and testing capabilities
  • Cost Summary Form

Submissions must be completed before May 7, 2021. All questions or concerns can be addressed to


The submission period has closed.


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