The Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC), commonly referred to as DEVCOM, is the US Army’s technology leader and largest technology developer. CCDC’s Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) is one of eight science and technology (S&T) domains within DEVCOM. GVSC pushes the state-of-the-art in ground vehicle survivability, mobility, intelligent systems, maneuver support, and sustainment, and develops and integrates advanced technology into ground systems and support equipment that supports Army modernization priorities and improves military readiness.
GVSC’s Complex Threat Attack Protection (CTAP) prototype project seeks to develop, integrate, demonstrate, and advance prototype capabilities that will improve and enhance the Army’s ground vehicle platforms and systems capabilities. Specifically, the CTAP prototype project will develop and demonstrate multiple prototype capabilities that will mitigate specific threats and threat engagement scenarios so US Army ground combat vehicles can maintain operational readiness and the vehicle operators/occupants can survive the threats. The CTAP prototype project will address various critical vehicle components such as vehicle structure, technology, armor, and interior protection to include seats, seatbelts, airbags, and signature management. To support the application and integration of multiple prototype capabilities across multiple ground vehicle platforms, CTAP components and systems will be developed, prototyped, and demonstrated (baselined) generically as a family of systems and components and will not be tied to a specific platform. GVSC will develop and demonstrate prototype capabilities based on a platform or system variant. The objective is to demonstrate and assess the viability of the technology and capabilities using the generic platform(s) so correlations can be ascertained for the specific vehicle platform and system variants where the Army can adopt these new prototype technologies and capabilities for upgrades to existing platforms.