5. Combat Vehicle Survivability (Germany)
Description: Germany is very active in the areas of indirect protection (detection and hit avoidance), direct protection (composite armor, shock, and fire protection), and vulnerability reduction. Germany, particularly the firm of Deisenroth, continues to be a leader in composite armor developments for light, medium, and heavy vehicles both as integrated and modular add-on packages. In detection avoidance, the firm of Buck has conducted extensive research in multispectral obscurants. The firm of Condat specializes in analytic and predictive modeling for armored system vulnerability assessments.
Justification: German technology in this area supports Composite Armored Vehicle (CAV) ATD, Hit Avoidance ATD, and Distributed Defense STO as well as potential initiatives under TARDEC/ARL technology program annexes.
Implementation: There are existing agreements along with ones being developed in this technology area with Germany which could potentially expedite implementation of a specific program. The agreements provides for the exchange of information to include studies of possibilities, concepts, and developments in the following areas:- Ballistic effects of current of current and developmental ammunition on all forms of armor.
- Advanced Armor Protection System
- Hit Avoidance
Inquiries regarding cooperative projects and arrangements in this area should be directed to the AMC POCs identified below.
Dr. Rodney Smith
Army Materiel Command
5001 Eisenhower Blvd.
Alexandria, VA 22333-0001
Mr. William Lowe
U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command
Warren, MI 48397-5000