Army awards OTA for drivetrain testing simulator

By Ashley Tressel / August 6, 2019 at 2:34 PM

The Army this month awarded AVL Test Systems Inc. of Plymouth, MI, an other transaction agreement worth $10.4 million to develop a drivetrain simulator to test heavy vehicles.

The "Accelerated Vehicle Durability Testing (AVDT) Drivetrain Simulator" will test the reliability of vehicles with four or more axles weighing 23,000 to 80,000 pounds. The project is being managed by the Training and Readiness Accelerator, or TReX, a public-private network for expedited prototype development.

The service began soliciting industry responses for the drivetrain simulator in September.

The AVDT program is to include a drivetrain simulator and a chassis simulator so the Army can more quickly evaluate wheeled vehicle reliability and durability, according to a release on the TReX website.

"This capability supports Department of Defense (DoD) directives to integrate modeling and simulation tools into acquisition development and testing," the notice states. "The project focuses on stressing high-risk chassis and powertrain components on heavy, multi-axle wheeled vehicles [and] extends to reliability of all on-board subsystems such as electronics."