Annex A. Science And Technology Objectives (STOs)
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)


III.G.17p. Future Combat System Integrated Demo. By FY05, demonstrate the integration of the full suite of tank technologies. This will include Distributed Defense, Advanced Mobility, Lightweight Chassis and Turret structures, and fully integrated electronics subsystems. The main thrust of this TD is to demonstrate the high power electric technologies critical to the realization of "leap ahead" capabilities as an integrated system within a combat vehicle. To realize "leap ahead" capabilities requires the implementation of electric power intensive technologies such as electric and hybrid guns, directed energy (DE) devices, electric armor, active protection, signature management, and active suspension. Successful integration depends upon the availability of electrical components capable of storing several megajoules of energy and of delivering and controlling power pulses of several megawatts within the confines of the combat vehicle. Initially, this TD will demonstrate the integration and operation of these electrical components in a combat vehicle and will provide the basis for measuring component performance, evaluating electrical system architectures, and ensuring compatibility with other TDs. Electrical components are inherently modular and can be located in a variety of locations within the vehicle. This feature will be exploited to allow the system to grow to accommodate new components as their technology matures. Any simulated loads will be replaced with the actual hardware as it becomes available. The Integrated Product and Process Development (IPPD) concept will be implemented throughout the TD. By FY01, develop and validate User and Technology Requirements (A-spec). By FY02, develop program plan/release RFP. By FY03, complete system design and development. By FY04, validate electrical/electronic integration, in a laboratory environment (SIL), Distributed Defense, Advanced Mobility, and Advanced Electronics. By FY05, integrate and demonstrate the technologies validated in the SIL in a lightweight chassis/structure testbed.

Supports: FCS and FIV.

STO Manager: TSO: TRADOC POC:
Andy Lijoi John Appel MAJ Monroe Harden
TARDEC SARD-TT Armor Center DFD
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