In the coming days, thousands of members of the media, industry and car enthusiasts will converge on Detroit to check out the shiny new vehicles, glitzy displays and cutting edge prototypes we’ve come to expect at this annual extravaganza.
But, there’s even more to see at this year’s Auto Show. Head down the main escalator to the Garden Level for an eye-opening learning experience and find out why the U.S. Army has called southeast Michigan home for 75 years.
U.S. Army TACOM LCMC (Tank Automotive Command) and TARDEC (Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center) located at the Detroit Arsenal in Warren, MI will exhibit some of the many vehicles and systems that serve the men and women who serve our nation.
Army TARDEC, responsible for the research and development of fuel technologies and the other integral technology solutions for the Army and their other DoD affiliates, partners with Michigan’s stellar universities and state of the art technology firms to develop the vehicles and systems used by our soldiers around the world. In return, TARDEC offers talent, experience and one-of-a-kind testing facilities to the military, defense industry and domestic automotive companies and suppliers.
Dr. Paul Rogers, Director of U.S. Army TARDEC says, “We bring the best of the automotive industry to the warfighter with some of the most talented engineers and scientists in the industry who have a passion for their work as well as the success of the U.S. Army mission to which they contribute.”
The Army is able to leverage the auto suppliers, logistical expertise and cutting edge technology development available in this region to field the most technologically advanced military vehicles in the world.
The cars we drive everyday share DNA with military vehicles. On board computers, drive systems and fuel technologies developed and produced in Michigan power both. Working with Michigan’s auto suppliers and companies benefits auto buyers, the military and the American Taxpayer.
So, after you’re finished kicking the tires on those glitzy new cars upstairs, head downstairs to see the camo and learn about the military missions that depend on the vehicles and technologies that come together, here in Michigan.
Time: January 11 – January 24
Location: NAIAS Cobo Hall, Garden Level, right of Atrium stage.
Details: U.S Army Vehicles and systems Exhibit
Creative Design displays
System Experts to answer questions
About the Author: Vicki Selva is the Executive Consultant at the Michigan Defense Center, MEDC