Defense Automotive Technologies Consortium was organized to support the Army's Ground Vehicle Systems Center through a US government Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) and provides its member organizations a channel to fund, develop, and transition advanced automotive technologies to all branches of the US military and government agencies.
Part of the stated purpose of the Defense Automotive Technologies Consortium (DATC) is to provide consortium members simplified access, reduced bureaucracy, and enhanced visibility in the focus areas of automotive technology, including:
- Automotive cybersecurity
- Vehicle safety technologies
- Vehicle light weighting
- Autonomous vehicles and intelligent systems
- Connected vehicles
- Advanced energy storage technologies
- Propulsion technologies
- Active suspension technologies
The US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) partnered with SAE Industry Technologies Consortia in 2016 to create DATC through an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA). The OTA is intended to provide more flexibility than traditional government contracting, designed to help the acquisition of commercial technologies in the defense industry and include more organizations than traditional military suppliers. In its first year, six DATC members submitted a successful program proposal for the Next Generation Combat Vehicle prototype program, worth $237 million.
DATC membership is open to and includes all interested and qualified organizations, not-for-profits, for-profits, academic institutions, and research laboratories, including non-traditional defense contractors and traditional defense contractors. Membership qualifications are subject to review by the DATC Executive Director, which approves and denies any membership applications. These applications are open all year. In order to be eligible, members must possess technology expertise in one or more listed technology area and the member must be in good standing. Members of DATC include:
- Allison Transmission
- American Power Systems, Inc.
- BAE Systems
- John Deere
- General Dynamics
- Northrop Grumman
- Pearson Engineering
- Pratt & Miller
Defense Automotive Technologies Consortium (DATC) member BAE Systems was awarded a $317 million award to upgrade the M88 recovery vehicle by the US Army in order to enable the battlefield recovery of an upgraded Abrams tank. The M88A2 Hercules provides towing, winching, and hoisting operations to support battlefield recovery operations and evacuation of heavy tanks and other tracked combat vehicles. Upgrades to the M88A3 configuration included improvements to the existing powertrain, suspension, and tracks to improve the vehicle's speed, capability, and reliability. This was to ensure the M88A3 can accomplish single vehicle recovery for the heaviest tracked combat vehicles.
DATC Member Perspecta Labs won a $952,346 award from the US Army to produce prototypes for ground vehicle platforms to increase cybersecurity capabilities and maximize system survivability and force protection. Through the Assurance and Verification of Vehicular Microelectronic Systems (AV2MS) project, the government is seeking a prototype to verify and validate operation of on-vehicle hardware, software, and firmware without degradation of the functionality of vehicular microelectronics. The project is intended to be integrated into the US Army's Next Generation Combat Vehicle platform.
The US Army partnered with DATC to launch the xTech|Innovation Combine Advanced Energy Storage Challenge, which had innovators competing for one of two prototype project awards of up to $500,000 in order to deliver a state-of-the-art prototype solution in advanced energy storage. The two problems the challenge seeks to address in the area are technologies for battery monitoring and management and safe, printable, conformal batteries. The challenge includes three parts, the first being the consideration of white papers, the second being technology pitches, and the third being the evaluation of project proposals.
DATC Case Study
December 22, 2017
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