A recent deal between Mettle Ops (Sterling Heights, MI.) and U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) puts soldiers’ survival as the No. 1 priority.
Mettle Ops’ first major signed contract, known as the DoD (Department of Defense) Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC) Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) Contract, totals $9.1 million. In this agreement, both parties will focus on survivability efforts to provide soldiers with equipment better protecting them in wartime environments.
“Increased survivability for soldiers means more soldiers come home with less long-term health problems,” stated Katie Bigelow, president of Mettle Ops.
Both Mettle Ops and TARDEC have unique specializations, and this collaboration makes for a well-rounded service provider. Mettle Ops is responsible for the program management, design, modeling and simulations, analysis, and documentation aspect of the process for the agreement.
Some of TARDEC’s contributions to the deal include:
- Identification and evaluation of passive, reactive, active, and blast mitigation material solutions in a lab environment for use on DoD ground platforms and high-value assets.
- Employment of high-fidelity finite element analysis tools to derive novel target material solution candidates in composite, integral, or appliqué orientations.
- Development of test articles applicable to ground platform applications and high value assets.
- Testing of various actual and/or surrogate weapon systems against their developed material solutions.
The deal will provide both virtual and physical prototypes for tracked and wheeled ground vehicles, specifically Abrams Main Battle Tank, Bradley Fighting Vehicle, Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, Combat Vehicle Prototype, and Next Generation Combat Vehicle.
TARDEC is continuously seeking the latest technologies to affordably and effectively enhance vehicle and crew survivability for existing and future ground vehicle systems. This collaboration with Mettle Ops will assist TARDEC in achieving its goals.
“Our chief goal is to serve the warfighter,” said Bigelow. “Survivability effort deals like this provide soldiers with equipment that protects them better in wartime environments.”
Both organizations are committed to providing consumers with high-quality, efficient products with safety as the number one priority.