Paul D. Mehney, US Army PM FCS (BCT), 586.770.3438

U.S. Army Using new Engine Lab to test Future Combat System Engine Lab evaluating Future Combat Systems vehicle power packs WARREN, Mich., - June 7, 2007 – The U.S. Army recently set up a state-of-the-art test facility to evaluate the Future Combat Systems (FCS) manned ground vehicle common engine and power pack. The Engine Generator Test Lab, located at the Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) is the only Army facility dedicated to performing this type of FCS engine testing. A joint partnership between FCS, TARDEC and General Dynamics Land Systems Division, the lab will be used over the next two years to perform dedicated power pack testing on the newly developed FCS common manned ground vehicle engine. According to Brig. Gen. Tom Cole, FCS Deputy Program Manager, Platforms, “The future is here now. We are now putting the engine and its generator together for the first time. This combination will be the heart and soul of the Army’s next generation of combat vehicles.” The engine, a MTU 890 series turbo diesel, will be common among all FCS manned vehicle platforms, allowing for the reduction of vehicle maintenance time and diminishing spare and replacement parts logistics burden. Testing will focus on the verification of power pack performance, mapping of engine fuel consumption and generating data for fuel economy analysis and engine performance under variable ambient temperature conditions. Over the next two years there will be a projected eight engine power packs tested at the facility. “We are testing the new diesel engine and a generator that will provide electrical power to the vehicle and its system components,” commented Maj. Scott Tufts, assistant product manager, Common Mobility Systems FCS. “Every power pack that comes through this test lab will then go to the system integration laboratory for full vehicle integration and testing.” The first MTU 890 series engine, currently undergoing testing at TARDEC, is slated to be integrated onto the BAE Systems’ Non-Line of Sight Cannon (NLOS-C) in summer 2007. Future Combat Systems is the principal Army modernization program consisting of a family of manned and unmanned systems, connected to a common network that enables the modular force, by providing Soldiers with leading-edge technologies and capabilities that allow them to dominate complex environments.

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