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Today’s accelerated mission pace demands the rapid development and fielding of prototypes. VTG takes emerging concepts and delivers prototype solutions that range across the development lifecycle, applying advanced software and hardware engineering, 3D modeling and printing, and ease-of-manufacturing. We have over six decades of experience in both “build to print” from your drawings and next-level design of innovative new systems. VTG marries expert software development with advanced hardware design to ensure complete systems perform in even the most austere environments. From critical battery management to integrated platform control systems, our software and hardware architects work jointly to deliver critical capabilities that our customers can rely on for their most important missions.
Our people are skilled problem solvers. Customers come to us with ideas, and we transform them into solutions. Specializing in rapid prototyping, our drafters, engineers, and technicians use the latest 3D modeling software and printers to quickly develop working drawings that are utilized in our turnkey systems to manufacture prototypes and finished products, allowing our customers to visualize and test their concepts. To facilitate low-risk, high-reward development, our engineers prototype the end state, then work backwards to provide test environments that can validate software concepts and drive the creation of matching hardware. VTG is executing prototype-to-delivery software and hardware suites across the Navy and on special operations maritime platforms.
VTG operates a 47,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility for hardware design and precision fabrication. This high-speed metalwork manufacturing resource can support any requirement, including the fabrication, assembly, and installation of electronic equipment components, equipment foundations, towers, and ventilation systems. Renowned for our work aboard ships and submarines, our products are built to Navy certifications, and our fully certified welders use NAVSEA- and AWS-approved welding procedures—both in-shop and on the waterfront. Learn more about our proven welding procedures and certifications. Download our welding fast facts (PDF) » Many of the platforms, foundations, and fixtures that we manufacture are among the first things installed during the modernization of a ship or submarine. If not done correctly, the entire schedule could be delayed. That’s why our beginning-to-end ISO 9001.2015-certified quality management system is so important. Our quality assurance program begins when we accept customer drawings and continues until we perform the final quality check before the product leaves the facility.
VTG fabricates full-size, realistic opposing-force targets used for pilot training on Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps ranges. The design and production of these surrogates requires ingenuity. Our team takes open-source information, such as photos or drawings, scales the model to its actual size, and then produces a surrogate that accurately emulates the real-world version of the threat. These full-scale prototypes prepare forces to recognize and react to the real-world threats they might encounter in combat.
Due to power failure and safety concerns, the U.S. Navy does not allow lithium ion-powered vehicles aboard maritime platforms. This limits the Navy to less-efficient energy sources. In its mission-critical work to support defense modernization, VTG has created and fielded a prototype software/hardware complete battery management system for lithium-ion powered platforms—a crucial step towards enabling long-term energy storage options aboard undersea platforms. VTG is developing the Critical Battery Management System (CBMS), the first safety certifiable battery manager for lithium ion that is capable of failure prevention. Using bare metal software development with state-of-the-art hardware design, CBMS monitors and controls the charging process to prevent mishaps via reliable sensor data and communication paths, visual indication of battery status, intelligent alarms, and protected controls. CBMS is currently paired with the General Atomics Lithium Ion Fault Tolerant battery system and will be fielded on a fleet of special operations submersibles that execute clandestine missions globally. With CBMS, the Navy will finally be able to bring lithium-ion powered vehicles on board Navy platforms, adding to the list of assets available to commanders at sea.
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