Author Topic: US Ground Vehicle Coating System  (Read 800 times)

Ayoshi

  • Timawan
  • Boffin
  • *
  • Posts: 5679
    • View Profile
US Ground Vehicle Coating System
« on: March 25, 2019, 10:10:51 PM »
US new combat vehicle coating to increase soldier survivability | Army Recognition - 21 March 2019 14:29
Quote
The Ground Vehicle Coating System was developed by a joint venture between the Combat Capabilities Development Command Ground Vehicle Systems Center, the Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory and the Army's Manufacturing Technology program to reduce detectable infrared signatures that are emitted from vehicles, making them much more difficult to detect and track. This new coating also mitigates the effects of chemical agents that adversaries may use to injure, incapacitate or kill Soldiers.

"This technology is significant because it embraces the spirit and direction of the Army Futures Command to develop, create and implement technologies that ensure dominance on the battlefield. The technology will be the foundation of a variety of alternatives that will meet and overcome emerging threats to Army platforms," said Thomas Wagner, CCDC Ground Vehicle Systems Center engineer.

The Army's Manufacturing Technology program, known as ManTech, provided the necessary funding to work with industry to develop, refine, test and validate a process for manufacturing Chemical Agent Resistant Coating-compatible paint products that aid in vehicle detectability avoidance.

In addition to reducing the cost of the coating per gallon by approximately 75 percent from when the program originally started, the coating can be applied to vehicles in existing facilities, including depots and arsenals, using equipment already in the Army's inventory. This will decrease application costs and increase production output.

< snipped >

The GVCS program has transitioned to Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems, which plans to implement the GVCS across its portfolio, including the Bradley fighting vehicle, Abrams main battle tank and the Stryker family of vehicles. First Unit Equipped is scheduled for Second Quarter FY21.


An Abrams was painted with brown, black and green TALON paint and tested in wooded areas in Florida. Working with industry, the ManTech program reduced the cost of the coating per gallon by approximately 75 % (Picture source: U.S. Army)
-

Woodland tests were conducted in Florida on a Bradley fighting vehicle with a visual camouflage pattern using brown, black and green TALON paint. The ManTech program provided the necessary funding to work with industry to develop a process for manufacturing the paint (Picture source: U.S. Army)