Hendrick Dynamics Participates in Ultra Light Combat Vehicle Demonstration

Hendrick Commando Jeep successfully completed the U.S. Army's Ultra Light Combat Vehicle (ULCV) platform performance demonstration (PPD) at Fort Bragg, June 2-13, 2014.

The ULCV provides enhanced tactical mobility (ETM) to airborne infantry. Delivered from penetrating vertical lift platforms - all aircraft types in high/hot conditions - the vehicle speeds movement over terrain for normally dismounted squads. Many small units can thus converge and diverge rapidly and over greater distances.

The PPD validated vehicle threshold requirements:

  • Payload capable of carrying nine Infantry Squad Soldiers with equipment
  • Mobility across a spectrum of weather and terrain conditions
  • Transportable in combat configuration by UH-60 (sling, all variants, high/hot), CH-47 (internal & sling), C-130 (three vehicles) and C-17 (dual row)
  • Travels at least 250 miles on internal fuel (JP-8, as required for all military and commercial equipment by Army Regulation 70-12)

Of the six different vendor vehicles evaluated during field trials, Hendrick Commando was one of only two meeting every threshold requirement for ULCV.

Rollover survivability is a key ULCV requirement. 1,2 The Army reports that rollovers are the most common vehicle accident resulting in fatalities. 3,4 Electronic stability control (ESC) makes a vehicle less likely to roll over, is low cost and lightweight, and since 2011 is installed on every D.O.T. regulated vehicle under 10,000 lbs. 5-8 ESC systems have been employed on the JLTV program since 2007, in HMMWV modernization, and onboard other modern military vehicles. 9-15

Hendrick Commando was the only ULCV submittal providing this safety technology.

ESC prevents nearly one-third of all fatal crashes 16 and is 88% effective in preventing light truck vehicle (LTV) rollovers 17 . U.S. Government research shows “…drivers are much less likely to lose control of a vehicle with ESC when faced with a critical situation”. 18 TARDEC engineers advise that with stability control, “The vehicle will be safer and easier to control. It will help the Soldier operate with more confidence and situational awareness”. 19

Hendrick Dynamics prepared the Hendrick Commando ULCV in just six weeks. At only $75,000, Hendrick Commando is half the cost of its next competitor.

Hendrick Commando was the only commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) vehicle submitted for evaluation, providing the advantage of commercial item acquisition and low-cost sustainment. Its life cycle cost - the lowest among all contenders - permits resource availability for other important initiatives strengthening U.S. Global Response Forces.

Hendrick Commando proves again it is distinguished by safety, versatility, and affordability.

About Hendrick Dynamics

Hendrick Dynamics is a fast-reacting team applying capabilities and expertise gained from decades of experience in the automotive industry and through championship auto racing to deliver innovative and cost-effective solutions to demanding clients.

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  1. Sources Sought announcement for Ultra Light Combat Vehicle (ULCV). Department of the Army. FBO.gov, 22 January 2014.

  2. MCoE Warfighter Conference Mounted Requirements Division. U.S. Army Maneuver Conference Read Ahead. 21 August 2014.

  3. Command Policy Memorandum G3-02 – Driver Training at the Tactical Driving Facility (TDF). Department of the Army, Headquarters, Joint Readiness Training Center.16 November 2012.

  4. Best Practices for Preventing/Mitigating Vehicle Rollovers. Marine Corps Center for Lessons Learned Safety Corner. 31 October 2008.

  5. Rollover Crashes. Topic Overview. IIHS.org, Retrieved 15 September 2014.

  6. FMVSS No. 126 Electronic Stability Control Systems. NHTSA, Final Regulatory Impact Analysis, Table V-3 p.V-4. March 2007.

  7. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. U.S. Code of Federal Regulations. Title 49, Part 571 Standard No. 126.

  8. Electronic Stability Control System Phase-In Reporting Requirements. U.S. Code of Federal Regulations. Title 49, Part 585 Subpart I.

  9. JLTV Pathfinders: The Combat Tactical Vehicle (CTV) Technology Demonstrator. Defense-Update.com, November 2007.

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  11. U.S. Marine Corps, HMMWV Roll-Over Stability Control System, Request for Information. FBO.gov, 9 November 2010.

  12. TARDEC Public Affairs. Army and National Guard relationship increases resources, benefits nation. U.S. Army TACOM LCMC Community Report. 17 July 2014.

  13. Freightliner Military Products - M915A5 6x4 Military Tractor. Daimler Trucks North America Government and Military Vehicles.

  14. Mazza, Marcus; Rhoads, Matthew. Software-Based Electronic Stability Controller for Tactical Wheeled Vehicles. GVSETS Technical Paper, 16 August 2012.

  15. M-ATV: Oshkosh transitioning technologies from TerraMax to provide active-safety features for manned operation of vehicle fleets, Oshkosh Defense News. 13 May 2014.

  16. Electronic stability control could prevent nearly one-third of all fatal crashes and reduce rollover risk by as much as 80%; effect is found on single- and multiple-vehicle crashes. IIHS News, 13 June 2006.

  17. FMVSS No. 126 Electronic Stability Control Systems. NHTSA, Final Regulatory Impact Analysis, p. III-14. March 2007.

  18. FMVSS No. 126 Electronic Stability Control Systems. NHTSA, Final Regulatory Impact Analysis, p. III-7. March 2007.

  19. Alef, Jason. Stability Control Helps Keep Vehicles Standing Tall. TARDEC, Accelerate: Technology Supremacy Edition, page 51. April 2013.