An initiative aimed at improving through-life cost efficiency on both land and marine platforms.
Total systems optimization (TSO) is an algorithmic approach to the optimization of systems and sub-systems. It was first used in conjunction with the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) for their Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator (FED). This was an initiative by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (USA) to improve vehicle technology to reduce fuel consumption.
Since successful completion of FED Alpha, Ricardo has demonstrated the efficacy of its modeling and through-life cost-saving capabilities on the UK MoD Mastiff family of platforms and the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank. Further work is being undertaken to explore waste-heat reduction opportunities on UK MoD naval platforms.