6. Combat Vehicle Structures and Design (Germany)
Description: Germany continues to be one of the few world leaders in combat vehicle research and development in all weight classes. Germany continues to develop and field wheeled combat vehicles which meet and exceed tracked vehicle capabilities. Success of these designs is evident by successful sales to other nations. Mercedes design and prototyping has provided the basis for a GE/FR cooperation in medium-weight armored vehicles (GTK) to be fielded starting in 2002. Germany's main battle tank development and prototyping continues beyond Leopard 2 block improvements. The EGS heavy combat vehicle technology demonstrator, developed by Krauss Maffei with firms such as Pietsch, Diehl, MTU, and a host of others incorporates state-of-the-art construction and materials fabrication technology with a focus on signature management.
Justification: German technologies support Composite Armored Vehicle (CAV) ATD, Future Scout and Combat System ATD, and Future Combat System, as well as potential initiatives under the 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. Future bilateral development and demonstration could be accomplished under the U.S./Germany Technology Research and Development MOA. Near term systems improvement and integration is possible under the M1/Leopard 2 Harmonization MOU.
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