Platform survivability is a military platform (vehicle) ability to stay mission capable during fighting. Platform survivability is defined as the military platform ability to prevent a hostile attack (vulnerability) and the platform ability to recover and stay intact after a hostile attack (robustness).

Measures to reduce vulnerability are tactics, camouflage, size, mobility etc. and measures to increase the robustness are armour, mine seats, fire suppression, mechanical back-up systems etc.

All these measures are survivability components that represents the total survivability system. Often occupant protection plays a vital role in the platform survivability.


NATO STANAG 4569 AEP-55 is a Standardization Agreement used in NATO countries covering the standards for the protection levels of occupants in armoured vehicles.

The standards covers strikes from kinetic energy, artillery, anti-tank mines and IED threats.

Many nations have developed their own national standards which are somewhat identical with NATO STANAG 4569. 


IDTCE supports our clients obtaining the highest level of occupant protection with respect to the overall platform survivability.

IDTCE are experts in STANAG 4569 AEP-55 Vol. 1, 2 & 3 incl. a handful of other national standards and our ability to balance occupant protection, functionality and platform survivability is unique.

IDTCE services include survivability management, vehicle survivability analysis, conceptual and detailed design of armour components, seating systems, integration, prototyping, test and certification.

IDTCE uses our own developed FEA and CAD techniques.


Survivability management on various platforms, Underbelly blast, Side blast, KE, EFP, FRAG, STANAG 4569 AEP-55 Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 Finite Element Analysis on various platforms, STANAG 4569 AEP-55 Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 full scale test on various platforms, Supervision of soil preparation for blast testing, Development of armour upgrades for various platforms, Specifying mine seating requirements, Development of active blast protection systems, Development of mine seating systems, Monitoring of test vehicles, Integrating end-user feedback, Rebuild of platforms for special operations, Role-over safety design, In-theatre inspection, Inspection of battle damaged platforms etc.

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