Trideum’s experience with the United States Army’s Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicle is a perfect example of our experience and methodical approach to the discipline of test & evaluation for the US Army
MRAP Specific Experience
Trideum conducted a series of tests and evaluations on the MRAP vehicle, including specific configurations with the TOW missile system. We compared the dynamic environment for the TOW system on the MRAP to other vehicles upon which the TOW system had already been qualified, as well as detailed test & evaluations on the crew’s ability to use the training to operate the MRAP system in its intended environment. Trideum possesses past performance with multiple versions and configurations of MRAP platforms, and is able to execute Test & Evaluation to standard on any type of MRAP in the inventory.
Trideum also supported testing of the MRAP vehicle at Aberdeen Proving Grounds as well as at Fort Knox, Kentucky through detailed data collection and analysis.
- In preparation for both sets of tests, Trideum personnel were specially qualified and licensed in order to complete road and qualification testing of the MRAP vehicle
- During testing, we monitored and recorded of temperature, humidity and air quality (carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and oxygen levels) inside the crew compartment of the system
- Instrumentation data was processed and results available within 12 hours after completing each test iteration
MRAP Test Support Technical Approach
- Instrumentation Development: including requirements, design, fabrication, and testing
- Instrumentation Certification & System Integration Testing: including field tests, certification, and reporting
- Simulation/Stimulation Development: including requirements, functionality, and interfaces
- Test Support Planning and Preparation: including collection methodologies, database development, management, test control planning, support & logistics support, maintenance plan, and testing preparation
- Test Execution: including cell set up, instrumentation kit set up, rehearsals, data collection, reporting and record keeping
- Post-Test Activities including analysis of data and reporting
MRAP Test Support Technical Execution
- Demonstrate our approach for providing MRAP systems with appropriate mounts, hardware, and cables to monitor and record the required data.
- Demonstrate our approach for providing MRAP equipment as appropriate to monitor and record the alarm data, both as input to and output from the on-board EPLRS system for the designated-on board systems. Each of these systems provides a chemical agent alarm to the soldiers. Our approach captured and recorded their alarms so that data can be used by the US Army Test Team.
- Travel as required for an engineering evaluation of the MRAP SYSTEM, and encompass form, fit and function of requested instrumentation support.
- Demonstrate our approach for providing support to an EMI/EMC Test.
- Instrumentation Description Documentation: We provide the necessary certification documentation and specifications of each instrumentation device: what they do, mounting technique, etc., thus allowing the Test Officer to obtain an ATEC certification of the Instrumentation Suites.
- Attend test planning meetings, providing technical input to briefing slides and discussions, and provide weekly reports.
- Demonstrate our approach for developing data forms and form instructions to be used for capturing the required MRAP data.
- Demonstrate our approach for establishing and providing testing and evaluation on MRAP systems.
- Demonstrate our approach for providing support for pre-test activities on data management, collection and reduction processes prior to test execution with Trideum up exercises to validate training and performance demonstrations with practical exercises to prepare for data collection.
- Demonstrate our approach for establishing and maintaining an on-site data library for tracking of all data flowing into and out of the data management cell.
- Demonstrate our approach for collecting Performance, MANPRINT, and Trideum data; instrumented data files, and MRAP SYSTEM subsystem electronic data files.
- Demonstrate our approach for providing support to the Data Authentication Group (DAG) chair for DAG member training, data authentication, and anomaly investigations and resolution to the scoring conference committee members.
- Archive test data for delivery to the Government. Computers, instrumentation, and other Information Technology supporting the test shall be compliant with Army policies. (DIACAP, DITSCAP, net-worthiness.)
- Install, operate and maintain instrumentation on MRAP SUTs.
- Install, operate and maintain Government provided MILES on MRAPs for up to 28 vehicles and 72 dismounted troops during pilot and record test phases.
- Provide equipment as appropriate to facilitate the downloading, display, and archiving of all instrumentation data within 12 hours after completing each MRAP test iteration.
- Provide the equipment necessary to monitor and record the temperature, humidity and air quality inside the crew compartment of the MRAP SYSTEMs. Air quality included monitoring for carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and oxygen levels. The recorded data consisted of tabulated time tagged concentration values in units of percent (%).
- Install, operate and maintain all the MRAP instrumentation during the certification test, demonstration, coverage test, pilot and record test. De-install the instrumentation upon the completion of the record test. Installation, de-installation and checkout periods for the instrumentation shall be coordinated with the Test Team.
- De-install all instrumentation at the conclusion of the final test scenario.
- Provide logistics support to the MRAP test team, including but not limited to receipt, turn-in (as needed), storage, and issue expendable supplies and equipment to test team members as needed on a 24-hour basis during testing.
- Provide operational support to the MRAP test operations cell to support 24 hours daily during the pilot and the record tests to include radio communications center and visitor control center.
- Provide on-site maintenance and repair support for MRAP equipment during all phases of test execution.
- Provide required Government Furnished Property (GFP) for MRAP.
Trideum’s proven processes provide the Test Officer with the required personnel and equipment to ensure a successful T&E mission
Trideum Representative Technical Experience
The typical types of equipment that Trideum executes test instrumentation installation, testing, calibration, and removal include:
- Patriot Missile Systems
- Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense Systems
- Joint Tactical Air-to-Ground Station Systems
- Jukebox Systems
- Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense Systems
- Joint Effects Targeting System (JETS)
- 155mm/M109A7 Paladin Artillery Systems
- Geometric Automated Video Enhanced Location Systems
- Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data Systems
- Long-Range Precision Fires Systems and Maneuver-Fires Integrated Systems
Test & Evaluation Capabilities and Experience
Trideum has provided planning, development, delivery and integration of test capabilities and infrastructure for the United States Army since 2005.
The Trideum approach to assessing, documenting, and maintaining the current state of Major Operational Test capabilities at the DoD Test Centers and Proving Grounds is a proven systems engineering-based process that is based on experience and a recognition of the complexity of the Operational Test (OT) mission.
Development of Test Capabilities and Test Infrastructure
Trideum has produced test capabilities and test infrastructure for Developmental and Operational Test (DT/OT) environments through our support to the following organizations:
- Redstone Test Center (RTC) Distributed Test Control Center (DTCC)
- Joint Mission Environmental Test Capability (JMETC) Program Office
- US Army Evaluation Center (AEC)
- Electronic Proving Ground (EPG)
- Test Resource Management Center (TRMC)
Other Test & Evaluation Capabilities
- Planning, documentation development and meeting support
- Developed, monitored, and maintained project calendars for acquisition programs under T&E, including identification of milestones, dependencies, and critical tasks for program success
- Development of Data Source Matrices (DSMs), Data Management Plans, and Patterns of Analysis (PoAs) which consider Design of Experiments (DoE) factors and implications during modeling and simulation (M&S), as well as live testing
Trideum Test & Evaluation Technical Experience
Trideum supports the US Army’s Redstone Test Center (RTC) Wide Engineering and Support Services (RWESS), and specifically, the Redstone Test Center Dynamic Test Division.
Trideum provides subject matter expertise (SME) support in the continued development of the large capacity 6-DOF (LC6DOF) excitation system, and the marketing of the capability to potential RTC customers.
Trideum further provides high-level, Dynamic Test SME support to Redstone Test Center, US Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC), and program offices. This effort involves both evaluation of overall system performance, software evaluation, operational procedures and overall system health and evaluation and conduct of testing operations.
Trideum provides support to RTC and its customer base in addressing questions regarding testing techniques, methodologies and standards. Furthermore, Trideum supports test engineering, analysis and support of the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) mission in Texas, USA, its tenants and ATEC Organizations. On this contract, Trideum provides services including: test planning; coordination; execution; and reporting of test results, data collection, entry and analysis, engineering and technical support, software analysis, software development, data Management, Manpower and Personnel Integration (MANPRINT), Foreign National/media escorts, access monitors, program management, flight safety and systems engineering support services. Finally, Trideum possesses Quality Management System certification and compliance in accordance with (IAW) the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015.