Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, was recently given two new work directives with a combined value of approximately $1.6 million under its contract with the U.S. Army.
The first work directive is a reverse engineering project for the Small Unit Support Vehicle (SUSV) spanning a 12-month period.
The second work directive spans 18 months and consists of two sustainment engineering initiatives, one for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle (BFV) family and the other for the Light Tactical Vehicle (LTV) family, which includes the well-known High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) or “Humvee” family of vehicles.
“Our team is really proud to receive these new work directives. This funding will help us carry out the process of supporting American troops and vehicle systems as certain vehicle platforms shift from original production to parts sustainment,” said Automation Alley Director of Defense and Manufacturing Dan Raubinger. “We thank the Engineering Business Group at the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), led by the team of Associate Director Engineering Randal Gaereminck, for their hard work in securing these work directives with the respective project teams.”
The SUSV is a tracked, all-terrain carrier used by the U.S. Army and the Marines originally developed for the Swedish army. Consisting of two cab units with all four tracks powered, the vehicle – which also floats – is designed to carry troops and equipment through deep snow and over tundra.
Components of the vehicle are becoming obsolete and will no longer be supported by the original equipment manufacturer. Automation Alley will canvas the U.S. industrial base to identify viable suppliers and small businesses capable of supplying replacement parts for the SUSV.
The Bradley Fighting Vehicle is a platform of tracked armored personnel carriers designed to transport troops while providing suppressing fire. Light tactical vehicles, like the HMMWV, are four-wheel drive military automobiles designed for troop transport and other uses.
Automation Alley will conduct multiple Sustainment Engineering Risk Assessments (SERAs) on variants within the BFV and LTV families. A SERA is a detailed study of all individual parts that can be repaired or replaced on a defense system.
A SERA includes data analyses of parts sources as well as a technical analysis of the vehicle hardware. Automation Alley will identify any manufacturing technologies and processes, materials and components that are diminishing or are no longer available or supported within the U.S. industrial base. In the instance where a technology or material is identified as diminishing or no longer available, Automation Alley will recommend viable alternate sources or parts suppliers.
For more information on Automation Alley and its defense and manufacturing activities, contact the Automation Alley Resource Center at 800-427-5100 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit automationalley.com.
About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a technology business association driving the growth and image of Southeast Michigan’s economy through a collaborative culture that focuses on workforce and business development initiatives.
Since its founding in 1999, Automation Alley has expanded to include nearly 1,000 businesses, educational institutions and government entities from the city of Detroit and the surrounding eight-county region. Automation Alley promotes regional prosperity through entrepreneurial and exporting assistance, workforce development and technology acceleration.
For additional information, visit automationalley.com.