The Mission Adaptable Crew Station (MACS), integrated by Esterline Control Systems, implements the vision of modularity and rapid reconfiguration while reducing the risk and cost associated with crew-station electronics. It shifts the focus of modularity from components and subsystems to users and their needs in the vehicle. Esterline, in conjunction with industry team members and the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC), has integrated a MACS demonstrator for the HEMTT A2 with interchangeable modules for the driver and commander, including hot-swapping capability.
The principal objectives of MACS are to:
- Create a modular vehicle crew station with open architecture to implement capabilities without proprietary restrictions.
- Support rapid reconfiguration and maintenance of crew-station technology, without need for specialized tools or maintenance support.
- Reduce the size, weight, and power (SWaP) impact of hardware that is not mission critical.
- Shrink the logistics footprint.
- Lower barriers to integrating new technologies over the life of the vehicle.