News 1998 Army Science and Technology Master Plan



GROUND VEHICLES (Section S)

IV.S.01—Advanced Protection and Protection Design Technology. In FY94, completed and documented the Protection Areal density design methodology for hard–faced armors to achieve 25 percent reduction in amount of testing required to define a minimum weight armor design. [TACOM] In FY94, conducted a feasibility demonstration of an armor technology achieving weight savings by using electromagnetic defeat mechanisms. [TACOM funded, ARL (WTD) execution] In FY95, demonstrated an armor for medium weight combat vehicles that defeats the medium caliber KE threat. In FY96, enhanced this armor to include CE threats. In FY96, demonstrated an armor to defeat future top attack threats. In FY97, select technology options for future frontal armor demonstration, and develop framework for armor virtual prototyping system. In FY98, demonstrate sensor configurations for smart frontal armor components, and implement fracture mechanics models in armor development codes. By FY99, demonstrate armor penetration modeling capability including 3D effects, material strength, and fracture mechanics that will provide 25 percent reduction in test costs for design of armors against CE jets, and heavy metal KE penetrators. [TACOM funded, ARL (WTD) execution, DARPA technology contribution]. By FY99, demonstrate a frontal armor system capable of defeating all tank gun launched threats at 65 percent of the weight of current Abrams armor. [TACOM funded, ARL (WTD, MD) technology execution, TACOM integration analysis]

Supports: Crusader, FCS, Abrams and Bradley Upgrades.

STO Manager

TSO

TRADOC POC

James Thompson
TARDEC
(810) 574-5780
DSN: 786-5780
John Appel
SARDA-TT
(703) 697-8432
DSN: 227-8432
MAJ Steve Walker
Armor Center, DFD
(502) 624-8802
DSN: 464-8802

 

IV.S.04—Inertial Reticle Technology (IRT).  By FY98, demonstrate an inertial reticle fire control system (IRT) that can be used for the control of weapon systems on a variety of platforms: HMMWV, AGS, BFV, helicopters and unmanned ground vehicles. The primary focus will be the development of a semiautomated weapon station including (IRT) fire control system and operator control unit integrated with a semiautomatic weapon on a simple pan and tilt platform. This program uses sensor technology to create a virtually stabilized weapon platform that permits automatic tracking of targets, improves weapon control and reduces crew exposure to hostile environments. Intermediate developmental steps include incorporation of the (IRT) into a semiautonomous weapons station on a manned platform during FY96, subsequent integration of target tracking, image stabilization and target cueing in FY97, and culminating in integration and demonstration on a variety of platforms in FY98. Application of the (IRT) fire control system to direct fire weapons will improve their accuracy when fired OTM to the level of that while stationary. The (IRT) fire control system will improve Army warfighting capabilities through increased weapons lethality and improved crew survivability.

Supports: ARDEC, TARDEC, CERDEC, Dismounted Battlespace Battle Lab, Mounted Battlespace Battle Lab.

STO Manager

TSO

TRADOC POC

B. T. Haug
ARL-WMRD
(410) 278-6518
DSN: 298-6518
Catherine Kominos
SARD-TP
(703) 697-3558
DSN: 227-3558
Chris Kearns
DBL
(706) 545-6391
DSN: 835-6391

 

IV.S.05—Virtual Prototyping Integrated Infrastructure.  By FY99, demonstrate a reduction of the time and cost of combat vehicle development versus traditional physical development methods by a minimum of 30%. Integrate mobility survivability, electronics, command & control, lethality and manufacturing models and simulations into a seamless architecture. Provide for user and designer virtual interaction with vehicle designs and representations. By FY96, design the information kernel and functional area. By FY97, incorporate detailed design and implementation of the information kernel and selected functional interfaces. By FY99, complete evaluation of the time and cost, testing, and major design efficiency improvements.

Supports: FSCS, FCS, FIV, Crusader, Abrams & Bradley upgrades and tactical vehicle fleet improvements, TRADOC ICTs.

STO Manager

TSO

TRADOC POC

Arthur Adlam
TARDEC
(810) 574-8882
DSN: 786-8882
John Appel
SARDA-TT
(703) 697-8432
DSN: 227-8432
A. Winkenhofer
USAARMC
(502) 624-8064
DSN: 464-8064

 

IV.S.06—Detection Avoidance for Future Scout and Cavalry System (FSCS) ATD. By FY00, demonstrate integrated survivability components with reduced signature for the Future Scout and Cavalry System (FSCS) ATD. Ballistic, electronic warfare, and active protection components will be signature managed utilizing technologies from current vehicle and material development programs. Original protection levels will be maintained or improved by exploiting synergistic design techniques. By FY97, complete an initial study to determine the optimized suite for FSCS ATD and demonstrate signature suppressed grills with a goal of 50% signature reduction. By FY98, optimize warning receiver components to reduce signature by 25% and improve ballistic performance by 25%. By FY99 demonstrate side ballistic panels with a goal of 50% reduction in detectability that would be applicable to the FSCS ATD. By FY00 demonstrate side ballistic panels with a goal of 75% in detectability and 25% reduction in aerial density that would be applicable to the FSCS ATD.

Supports: FSCS, FIV.

STO Manager

TSO

TRADOC POC

David Thomas
TARDEC
(810) 574-8911
DSN: 786-8911
John Appel
SARDA-TT
(703) 697-8432
DSN: 227-8432
MAJ Paul Begeman
Armor Center, DFD
(502) 624-8994
DSN: 464-8994

 

IV.S.07—Laser Protection for Ground Vehicle Vision Systems. By mid FY99 demonstrate retrofittable wide angle optical viewing system design that can incorporate limiting of dispersive materials. These new optical systems could replace the current vision blocks and periscopes found in ground vehicles and allow the soldier to view the battlefield while protected from eye damaging laser energy, including frequency agile laser weapons.

Supports: Abrams, M113, and Bradley Upgrades, Crusader, FCS, FIV, FSCS ATD, Land Warrior.

STO Manager

TSO

TRADOC POC

Templeton Pease
TARDEC/NRDEC
(810) 574-5325
DSN: 786-5325/256-5546
John Appel
SARDA-TT
(703) 697-8432
DSN: 227-8432
Martin Bosemer
Armor Center, DFD
(502) 624-2045
DSN: 464-2045

 

IV.S.08—Tank Mobility Technology.   By FY03, demonstrate critical track and suspension technologies for a lighter, more agile main battle tank or tank replacement. Track improvements will include nitrile rubber pads and an actively controlled track tension system. Nitrile rubber will increase track pad life from 1000 to 3,000 miles and increase fuel economy and track bushing life. These mobility advances will enhance system survivability, reliability, and operational effectiveness. This effort also includes the early technology development of an FCS propulsion system. In addition to conceptual analysis, work will focus on high power density, low heat rejection single cylinder diesel engine technology. This STO will also support electric drive development for an FCS size vehicle through the development by Army Research Laboratory (ARL) of high temperature SiC gate drivers and power devices. By FY01, demonstrate SiC based inverters operating at 400_C using existing engine oil (200_C) as a cooling fluid. This technology is critical to achieving acceptable power densities in electric drives. By FY98, determine active suspension requirements. By FY99 demonstrate track tensioner. By FY00, demonstrate nitrile track. By FY01, complete single unit active suspension lab testing.

Supports: FCS.

STO Manager

TSO

TRADOC POC

Dan Herrera
TARDEC
(810)574-6411
DSN: 786-6411
John Appel
SARDA-TT
(703) 697-8432
DSN: 227-8432
MAJ Monroe Harden
Armor Center DFD
(502)624-4412
DSN: 464-4412

 

IV.S.09—Combat Vehicle Concepts and Analysis.  By FY02, develop vehicle concepts for the Army’s next generation of combat and combat support vehicles. Refine User requirements through the Integrated Concept Team (ICT) process. Develop the vehicle alternatives for the formal Analysis of Alternatives (AOA) for Milestone I decisions. Provide technologists with vehicle based technology and component guidance for weight, volume, and electrical interfaces. By FY98, develop Future Scout & Combat System (FSCS) vehicle concepts with 25% increased crew efficiency, 20% reduced vehicle silhouette, 10% increase in mobility, 20% increase in vehicle and crew survivability, and 500% increase in target detection rate. By FY99, determine optimal Future Combat System (FCS) lethality option that will increase range by 50% with Pk/s of 1 and 80% increased loss exchange ratio. By FY99, develop Future Infantry Vehicle (FIV) concepts that will: increase capacity to carry squad (from 7 to 9 soldiers, with full Land Warrior Gear), decrease vehicle crew size by 33%, increase survivability by 33%, and improve mobility by 50%. By FY00, transfer FIV designs and analyses to the FIV AOA and FIV virtual prototypes. By FY01, develop Future Combat System requirements with 33% reduced gross vehicle weight and 25% reduced crew workload. By FY02, establish and address emerging vehicle requirements and the needs of future ICTs for the Army After Next.

Supports: Integrated Concept Teams (ICTs), AOAs (formerly COEA), Mission Need Statements (MNS) and Operational Requirements Documents (ORD) for future combat vehicles (FSCS, FIV, FCS, Scorpion, FC2V) and upgrades (Bradley and Abrams).

STO Manager

TSO

TRADOC POC

Roger Halle
TARDEC
(810) 574-5287
DSN: 786-5287
John Appel
SARDA-TT
(703) 697-8432
DSN: 227-8432
Winkenhofer Smith
Armor Center/Infantry Center, DCD
(502) 624-8064
DSN: 464-8064/835-1915

 

IV.S.10—Future Light Vehicle Ballistic Protection Technology.  Demonstrate new armor systems designed to provide vehicles in the 18–40 ton range protection against the future medium caliber cannon threat and also against light and medium shaped charge threats, top attack weapons, and mines. The armor systems will be compatible with advanced structural technology likely to be used in future light vehicles, will utilize advanced defeat mechanisms such as electrodynamics, and will be designed to avoid adverse impacts on mission equipment and other survivability measures, such as signature suppression. The technology will also apply to nonfrontal protection of future heavy systems, and provide collateral benefits to protection of tactical vehicles. The demonstration will include base structure protection and add–on appliqués for additional protection. By the FY98, assess technology approaches (i.e., passive, reactive, and electromagnetic). By the FY99, identify most promising concepts for electrodynamic defeat of the light vehicle threat. By the FY 00, demonstrate armors for medium caliber KE threats with 50% greater space efficiency than the FY96 state of the art. By the FY01, demonstrate armor systems with 30% improvement in weight efficiency over the FY96 state of the art.

Supports: Future Scout and Cavalry System; Future Infantry Vehicle; Future Combat System; P3I for M113, M2/M3, Crusader, Grizzly.

STO Manager

TSO

TRADOC POC

Thompson Morrison
TARDEC/ARL-WMRD
(810)574-5780
DSN: 786-5780/298-6800
John Appel
SARDA-TT
(703) 697-8432
DSN: 227-8432
Bosemer LTC Smith
Armor Center/Infantry Center (502) 624-2045
DSN: 464-2045/835-1915

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