Vehicle Technology Directorate (VTD)
Directorate Program Representative
Dr. Elias Rigas
Vehicle Technology Directorate
US Army Research Laboratory
4603 Flare Loop
Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland 21005-5069
The U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Vehicle Technology Directorate (VTD) is the principal Army organization responsible for the pursuit of mobility-related science and technologies leading to advanced capabilities and improved reliability for Army air and ground vehicles. VTD leads the ARL Major Laboratory Program in mobility and the RDECOM Technology Focus Team in mobility and logistics. The technology focus areas within the ARL and RDECOM programs have been defined as platform, propulsion, intelligent systems and logistics.
The VTD mission is accomplished through in-house basic and applied research, and from collaborations with other ARL functions, RDECOM, Navy, Air Force, academia and industry leaders. The mission is enhanced through teaming with and leveraging of research efforts associated with Collaborative Technology Alliances (CTAs) and Multidisciplinary University Research Initiatives (MURIs). For example, VTD is actively involved with two CTAs (Robotics and Micro Autonomous System Technologies), several cooperative agreements, and a unique partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA and the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH.
The VTD is located at three sites. The main site is at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD where most of the Directorate offices are situated. The focus here is on Autonomous Systems and Mechanics research with cross-cutting interdisciplinary analysis and technology development supported by the recently-formed Vehicle Applied Research Division. At the NASA- Langley site there is a Mechanics Division aeromechanics field element, and at the NASA- Glenn site is the Propulsion Division.