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Transforming the battlefield: How DARPA’s manufacturing innovations is fuelling military flexibility

3rd May 2024 - 08:29 GMT | by Gerrard Cowan in Belfast


Sounding rockets have proved a crucial starting point for DARPA’s innovative R2 programme. (Photo: US Army photo by Judy Hawkins)

DARPA has been attempting to revolutionise military logistics with innovative manufacturing programmes like SURGE. Such programmes have been aimed at streamlining the qualification process and enhancing distributed production to ensure quick, adaptable supply of critical military parts using advanced technologies.

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been expanding its focus on advanced manufacturing as it ramps up attempts to build increased flexibility into the military supply chain, and boost access to critical equipment and material.

The agency has recently launched a range of programmes connected to manufacturing. One example has been Structures Uniquely Resolved to Guarantee Endurance (SURGE) which has been aiming to transform the qualification process for parts produced using additive manufacturing (AM).

SURGE has been using data to build a process that creates an accurate picture of a finalised part which can essentially meet qualification

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Gerrard Cowan


Gerrard Cowan

Gerrard Cowan is an author having recently published his world-renowned book 'The Machinery'. He …

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