2019 Technology Demonstration



NATC is fortunate to once again host our Vehicle Technology Demonstration (Rodeo), which will occur on Feb. 6, 2019, immediately after the NDIA Tactical Wheeled Vehicle (TWV) Conference in Monterey, CA.

Open by invitation to Government personnel only, the Rodeo is an operational vehicle demonstration that allows participants to observe a variety of wheeled vehicle systems in a mission profile environment. The demonstrations identify current strengths and potential challenges facing the tactical and combat wheeled vehicle community. As only Government personnel are allowed to participate in each demonstration, an optimal environment for the open exchange of information is provided.

In order to confirm your participation, please contact Elvira Torres at ETorres@natc-ht.com/(775) 629-2000. Alternate contact: Jill Murwin at JMurwin@NATC-ht.com/(775) 629-2000.

2019 Vehicle Technology Rodeo

Each technology demonstration, in a representative field operational environment, is tailored to specifically highlight vehicle performance and improvements within a mission profile context. The modified or improved vehicle systems will be demonstrated against applicable objectives and compared with currently fielded systems where possible. To allow each demonstration to provide complete and thorough information, only Government representatives are invited. Generally, all of the demonstrations are finalized by late October/early November taking into consideration interests that may develop as a result of the Modern Day Marine and AUSA events. These demonstrations are then augmented or adjusted based on system availability and specific requests from the Government participants. Descriptions of the technology demonstration events, found below under “Future Technologies,” will be updated as they are finalized with input from the Marine Corps and Army organizations.

Current weather conditions will also be posted to the top of this page as the event nears to assist with travels plans. Typically the lows are projected to be in the low-mid 20s. The highs for each day are projected to be in the low-mid 50s.

2019 Vehicle Technology Rodeo Flyer

2019 Vehicle Technology Rodeo Government Invitation

2019 Vehicle Technology Rodeo Demonstration Overview

Registration Information

Registration is now closed.

Attendance is by invitation only. Please RSVP to Elvira Torres, ETorres@natc-ht.com, if you plan on attending the 2019 Rodeo. Space is limited for this event.

Many participants at the Rodeo will be traveling from the TWV conference. At this time of year some flights may be delayed and chains may be required on the interstate highways due to storms over the Sierra mountains. When you register, please advise if you are attending the TWV Conference so that we may update you as appropriate with current conditions.

In addition to the NATC visitor sign-in form, please have your FSO forward a JPAS Visit Authorization:

Purpose: MEETING
SMO: 2D1446: Hodges Transportation, Inc
POC: Elvira Torres
Phone: 775-629-2000

Future Technologies: Ultralight through Heavy Transport Systems

Based on guidance from Marine Corps and Army organizations, NATC has invited participation of organizations  with key vehicle systems and technologies that are relevant to solving both near term and future challenges. The vehicle systems will range from ultralights to medium transports through 8×8 wheeled combat systems and are scheduled to have technologies including UAV interoperability, integrated threat targeting, and semi-autonomous/ autonomous system operation suitable to Eastern European and Southeast Asia 2025 mission profile events.

The demonstrations will focus on ground vehicle technology and mobility of both new concept and existing wheeled tactical and combat platforms, particularly the challenges identified in Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia for year-round operation. Examples of demonstrations are below:

Uparmored production commercial vehicles
• Demonstrations are planned with vehicles intended for those mission profiles which require a pick-up or SUV body style that blends in with locally prevalent commercial designs. Vehicles will be demonstrated over mission representative conditions including trails/sand serpentine terrain to highlight the level of modification required when adapting commercial designs for more severe-duty cycles and conditions consistent with those encountered by forward deployed expeditionary forces. The modified vehicles will be compared to commercially available off-the-shelf pickups. A developmental prototype solution for an ATV with tracks and armor package, allowing for a high level of mobility in a compact platform will also be demonstrated.
Vehicle system electrification
• From on board power to drive train optimization, the implementation of electric drive technology has indicated significant improvements to fuel economy and performance. An autonomous operations demonstration with vehicles in the light class will be shown in an urban environment requiring high mobility appropriate for obstacle negotiation.
8×8 wheeled protected/combat vehicles
• Technology to be presented will include recent advances in 8×8 wheeled combat vehicle technologies in representative mission profile conditions. This is planned to include inherent vehicle capabilities such as maneuverability, mobility, and speed over terrain as well as the integration of current and emerging lethality, SA, C4I, and vehicle network technologies. The vehicle will be equipped with the latest RWS solution and the associated Battle Management System architecture.
Integrated battlespace mobility and weapons effectiveness
• Considering the ongoing and improving threat capabilities, the planned demonstration will provide a scenario highlighting inter-vehicular communication during bounding over-watch maneuvers. The technology presented will involve two vehicles and a UAV operating non line of sight with shared SA. The vehicles will have sufficient on-board capability to sense, locate, target, and “slew to cue” between vehicles. Depending on hardware availability, a threat force vehicle with appropriate signature, or an equivalent surrogate vehicle, will be included in the event.
Ultralight vehicles
• This event will encompass demonstrations of the technologies applied to ultralight and near ultralight solutions including manned and autonomous platforms. The ride and drive portion of the demonstration will address mobility, obstacle crossing ride quality and associated impact on life cycle cost at increased operational speeds. This station will address evolving potential missions under consideration ranging from drone defeat, to personnel transport, to tracked configurations for “over the snow,” to unmanned weapons applications.” Valuable lessons have been learned relative to the capabilities and risks associated with these platforms, not only with respect to ultralight vehicles but also to convoy operations within the future fleet, and this station will focus on conveying those lessons learned.
Light/medium tactical vehicles
• Multiple technologies in this class will be demonstrated during the Rodeo. Comparative ride and drives over various mission profile events involving current production HMMWV, JLTV, FMTV A1P2, FMTV A2, MTVR will be conducted. The ride and drive event will include a dedicated ride quality comparison along with operation on grades with roughness to delineate the impact of power to weight and ride quality on mission completion times. Evaluations and data delineating the differences between the systems including average mission profile speeds and performance metrics will be presented. The advantages of appropriate tire size, wheel travel, and drive train advancements will be highlighted. Vehicles will demonstrate the new approved troop seat and future suspension/mobility solutions.
• For all wheeled vehicles, tire, run-flat and wheel technology is critical. It is through the tire/ground contact patch that all motion is controlled and vehicle mobility enabled. Recently, critical technical areas have been revitalized and looked at more holistically beyond the individual physical components. Tire size, pressure, tread design and tread compound all influence the mobility, tractive effort and performance of the tires. The technology presented will be a demonstration of current and future tire technology as it applies to different classes of military vehicles. Performance comparisons will be demonstrated. Performance in mud, sand, snow and ice will be discussed and demonstrated. An ultralight vehicle and/or HMMWV vehicle class will be used to show the performance differences associated with differences in tire design. Future technologies and associated manufacturing options will be discussed for tire wheel systems including airless technologies. Additionally, improved mobility in existing military vehicles over soft soil will be demonstrated within a range of light to medium modular suspension offerings. Some of the offerings are currently fielded and others under development.
Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia duty cycle profile
• Performance demonstrations of Eastern European and SE Asia conditions will include the strengths and weaknesses of current and potential future systems.

As noted, the various technologies and vehicle systems have been operated, tested or otherwise vetted to help ensure not only the success of the Rodeo but also to provide some validation of the claims or positions taken by the demonstrating organization. Over the years, it has been found that the most successful communication of the technologies include an appropriate reference system and therefore demonstrations that have direct A to B comparison events are encouraged. For example, if a suspension or powertrain upgrade is made to a HMMWV, the demonstration will include a baseline vehicle so that participants can quickly identify the differences as they may apply to their operational requirements.

Logistical Information

2019 NATC Vehicle Technology Rodeo will be held at our Nevada proving ground on Feb. 6, 2019, after the NDIA Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Conference.

NATC hosts the Rodeo at no cost to either the participants or the organizations that provide the vehicles and technologies for the evaluations. To cultivate the best environment for open discussion and maximize information exchange, only Government personnel are invited. Further, NATC requests that all attendees wear civilian attire to recognize that all questions, whether from operators or senior personnel, are worthy of clear and concise responses.

The participants are separated into groups of approximately 12 to 15 and are transported sequentially to every demonstration. Vans depart for the demonstrations at approximately 0800, return for lunch and then continue through the afternoon until 1700. Approximately 35 minutes is allotted for each station event. During that time a short discussion of the technologies represented by the vehicle system(s) is provided and the attendees ride/drive over specific mission profile events. Each of the demonstrators is asked to provide technical information in advance to NATC, typical “show” materials are discouraged. This information is combined with DVD documentation of the demonstration and then the complete technical package is provided to each of the attendees.

Points of Contact 

Demonstration events
Henry Hodges, Jr.- HHodgesJr@natc-ht.com
Chris Yunker – CYunker@natc-ht.com
Bobby Hodges – RHodges@natc-ht.com

Jill Murwin: JMurwin@natc-ht.com
Elvira Torres: ETorres@natc-ht.com

Travel & Hotels:

Grand Sierra, Reno, NV
Phone: (775) 789-2000
Website: https://www.grandsierraresort.com
 Reference NATC rate

Atlantis, Reno, NV
Phone: (800) 723-6500
Website:  www.AtlantisCasino.com
 Reference SNEVA19

Residence Inn Marriott, Reno, NV
Phone: (775) 853-8800 /Online booking
Website: www.marriott.com
 Reference NATC rate

Courtyard by Marriott
3870 S. Carson Street
Carson City, NV 89701
Phone: (775) 887-9900
Website: www.marriott.com
Reference NATC/Hodges Transportation rate

Hampton Inn & Suites
10 Hospitality Way
Carson City, NV 89706
Phone: (775) 885-8800
Website: www.hamptoninn.com
Reference the NATC rate

Reno, NV is an all-weather airport and flights between San Francisco and Reno operate several times per day. Ground travel over Donner Summit pass (I-80) is approximately five hours from Monterey, CA but could be extended if a storm moves through the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

History of the Rodeo

For more than 35 years, up until 2013, NATC conducted a technology Rodeo at our proving grounds in Nevada. The event started with 20 engineers and operators getting together after the Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Conference in Monterey to discuss common interests about ground vehicles, particularly in the areas of mobility and performance as defined by current and future operational needs. The Tactical Wheeled Vehicle conference was one of the few events on the west coast and it helped to ensure involvement of the commercial truck manufacturers, including Freightliner and PACCAR, which were under development in the west. The TWV conference allowed an interaction between commercial, traditional military truck manufacturers, associated tier one suppliers and gov’t personnel, often creating new lower cost and more rapidly implementable solutions.

As technology moved forward, the Rodeo events began to include more vehicles and a broader range of events supported by several hundred hardware provider personnel over two days. Demonstrations ranged from ultralight concepts developed through the Fort Lewis skunk works to HET transporters, live fire to loss of control events resulting in vehicle rollovers.