This space claim requirement has a significant detrimental impact on the internal crew volume of ground vehicles that reduces crew stowage and limits vehicle integration designs under crew locations and sub-floors.
For example, many high performing crew seats require 3-8” inches of space under the seat to allow for vertical movement of the seat while attenuation mechanisms are absorbing energy.
The U.S. Army is seeking proposals to overcome these limitations and improve force protection by develoing high performing concepts and materials to function and disperse energy with minimal space claim.
The requirement is part of this year’s Department of Defense Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) approved topics. The RIF is designed to quickly transition innovative technologies that resolve operational challenges into acquisition programs. Those selected for award may receive up to $3 million and will have up to two years to perform the work.
Further details are available via Solicitation Number: HQ0034-16-BAA-RIF-0001B, Requirement Number: FY16-DoN-RIF-MCSC-07. The response deadline is May 03, 2016.