4. Regenerable Collective Protection Filtration Techniques for Combat Vehicles (Germany)
Description: Current collective protection filters for combat vehicles impose a significant logistic burden in their requirement for replacement after a finite number of attacks or after extended attack-free service. Technologies are under investigation to create filters which have a nearly indefinite service life and offer exceedingly broad spectrum protection. The primary candidate at the moment is pressure swing absorption technology. The United States has pursued a research and exploratory development program to model the performance of such systems and to do some confirmatory testing. Germany initiated a companion program last year and had planned on beginning to obtain test data but experienced non-technical difficulties getting started in the laboratory. Technical experts on both sides have met and data collection is scheduled to begin later in the year.
Justification: The United States has extensive experience with prototype systems which could reduce German development costs very significantly, while still providing an extensive prototype data base. German research and development may contribute additional experimental data for validation of the U.S. computational models, thereby reducing U.S. development costs while increasing reliability.
Implementation: There are existing agreements in this technology area with Germany which could potentially expedite implementation of a specific program agreement to address this opportunity.
Dr. Rodney Smith
Army Materiel Command
5001 Eisenhower Blvd
Alexandria, VA 22333-0001
Dr. George R. Famini/Ms. Juanita M. Keesee
U.S. Army Edgewood RD&E Center
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21010-5423