Scope/High Level Overview
The Army desires to extend the FMT PL to incorporate a JLTV HOT into the existing Product Line (PL) portfolio. The FMT PL is being established to provide a common architectural framework and shared hardware, firmware, and software baselines and components that satisfy requirements common to maintenance training systems for multiple current and future vehicle platforms.
The purpose of this OTA is to extend the product line to include JLTV HOTs in accordance with the Family of Maintenance Trainers – Common Core (FMT-CC) architecture and baseline. HOTs are physical mockups or modified tactical components of a vehicle or vehicle subsystems. They emulate the operational and functional capabilities of the subsystem to allow training on maintenance and troubleshooting tasks. The current training concept uses operational vehicles with test boxes which allow the instructor to inject faults into the operational vehicle. This method does not allow for tracking, guiding, or recording student’s steps to provide them with constructive real-time feedback from the Instructor during the performance of the troubleshooting lessons. Instead, students are typically faced with an undesirable “trial and error” approach until the associated corrective action is successfully completed. The trial and error process also results in additional costs due to broken components and repeated wear and tear on the operational vehicle. The JLTV HOT prototype will enhance the effectiveness of the maintenance training and reduce training sustainment costs.
The HOTs share some common functionalities with the Diagnostic and Troubleshooting Trainers (DTTs) to include the Instructor/Operator Station (IOS), the Training Management System (TMS), and limited specific vehicle behavioral functionalities. Because of these common functionalities, there are distinct benefits that can be realized by incorporating the HOTs into the FMT PL. The benefits include the reduction of initial developmental costs and total life cycle support costs through reuse of the PL Architecture and Common Core baselines. In addition, including the HOTs in the PL will enhance the Army’s ability to make improvements to training capabilities, integrate new technologies, execute technical refreshes, and maintain concurrency between FMT products and vehicle platforms.
The goal of this effort is to analyze the training requirements provided in the Technical Supplements (TS) and to develop a JLTV HOT demonstration unit solution that is compliant with the FMT PL architecture and CC baseline.
These HOTs will provide the 91B and 915A Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) skill level development for operation, fault diagnosis, troubleshooting, adjustments, component removal/replacement, and other maintenance and repair tasks for the vehicle subsystems. This effort is limited to developing a HOT prototype unit for the JLTV. Production JLTV HOTs will be based on the architecture and design of the prototype developed under this OTA and may be procured as follow-on efforts to this OTA.
Technical Description of the Program
The FMT PL JLTV HOT prototype approach includes a single phase with four technical objectives as well as potential follow-on activities.
Technical Objective 1 includes the analysis, development, and validation of a generic architecture and design approach that is consistent and compatible with the FMT PL Common Core Architecture.
Technical Objective 2 includes the development of the training paths from the Technical Supplements and the development of a JLTV HOT System Specification.
Technical Objective 3 and 4 include the development and demonstration of JLTV HOT prototypes based on the validated generic HOT architecture and the System Specifications.
All Technical Objectives will incorporate the FMT PL Common Core Instructor/Operator Station (IOS) software and interoperate with the FMT PL Common Core Training Management System (TMS). The vendor should assume the FMT CC TMS and IOS have not been installed at Ft. Lee, VA and the effort will require the instantiation of those items and include any updates required because of this effort. The HOT prototype will be fielded at Fort Lee, VA.
Government Provided Data
The Government will provide existing documentation, source code, and other system artifacts as necessary to complete the prototype development effort. The Government will provide access to fielded systems and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) on a non-interference basis to support the design, development, and testing efforts. In addition, the Government will provide Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) after award.
Sustainment and Follow-On Activities:
It is anticipated that potential follow-on prototype and/or production contracts will be awarded which use the FMT PL HOT architecture and software, developed under this prototyping effort, to develop additional maintenance training HOTs. Potential follow-on contracts may be either sole source, based on successful completion of the prototype project within the scope of this document, or competed at the discretion of the Government. Follow-on activities could include system and software updates to address obsolescence, concurrency, evolving training requirements, and technology insertion.
Anticipated follow-on activities include, but are not limited to the following:
- Production of additional JLTV HOTs based on the prototype.
- Develop prototype and production HOTs for other JLTV subsystems.
Follow-On Products: Follow-on products will include software design description, source code, interface capability and design documents (ICD/IDD), production level technical data package, system specifications, and logistic support documentation.
Estimated Timeline: FY21-FY25