Automation Alley recently received two new work directives with a combined value of $1.6 million under its contract with the U.S. Army. The first is a reverse-engineering project for the Small Unit Support Vehicle (SUSV) spanning a 12-month period. The second directive spans 18 months and consists of two Sustainment Engineering Risk Assessments (SERAs), 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.
The SUSV is a tracked all-terrain carrier used by the U.S. Army and the Marines. 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 suppliers of replacement parts for the SUSV.
The BFV 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 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. SERAs include 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 by the current supplier and will recommend viable alternate sources or parts suppliers.