The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) develops, integrates and sustains the right technology solutions for all manned and unmanned DoD ground vehicle systems (GVS) and combat service support (CSS) equipment to improve Current Force effectiveness and provide superior capabilities for the Future Force.

Testing and Lab Resources

TARDEC is the Nation's laboratory for developing advanced military ground vehicle technologies, process integration expertise and system-of-systems (SoS) engineering solutions for Force Projection Technology, Ground Vehicle Power and Mobility, Ground Vehicle Robotics, Ground Systems Survivability, and Vehicle Electronics and Architecture.

Focus Areas

TARDEC's Technology Focus Areas are specific topics of interest TARDEC concentrates research efforts. TARDEC provides system engineering, technical expertise and engineering leadership support across organizational boundaries to these areas with specific technologies to improve the Ground System Enterprise.


In 1946, the Tank-Automotive Components Laboratory, now known as the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), was formed at the recommendation of a committee led by Chrysler Corporation's President K.T. Keller. The newly created Components Laboratory spawned many successful collaborative working relationships.