One of two prototype of aluminum armored-vehicle hulls, fabricated by CTC using its unique friction-stir welding capability; the company is upbeat about its experience with the DATC consortium designed to help cut the red tape in procuring governm
Defense Automotive Technologies Consortium (DATC)® is an affiliate of SAE Industry Technologies Consortia (SAE ITC)®. DATC was organized to support the Army’s Ground Vehicle Systems Center through a U.S. government OTA (Other Transaction Agreement). DATC provides its member organizations a supported channel to fund, develop and transition advanced automotive technologies to all branches of the U.S. military and government agencies. Automotive includes all types of self-propelled vehicles from land to air to sea. DATC members—which include private companies, not-for-profit entities, and academic institutions—receive simplified access, reduced bureaucracy, and enhanced visibility to government departments.