Henry Hodges

Hodges Transportation Inc, Nevada Automotive Test Center (NATC)
2023 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference

Henry Hodges is the President of the Nevada Automotive Test Center, a three-generation family business, which was founded by his parents, Hank and Martha in 1957.

He has over 50 years of ground vehicle design, fabrication and test experience starting at the age of 14 when he gathered soil strength data used in the development of the original NATO Reference Mobility Model.  He has helped to generate requirement documents, performed tests on thousands of vehicle and weapons systems and conducted operational training.  He has deployed worldwide in support of military and commercial ground vehicle systems.  Through that experience, he has helped to develop vehicle systems that can successfully operate in year-round conditions.

He has been responsible for mobility and survivability test and analysis methods (including modeling and simulation) and has served as the technical lead for design and implementation of corrective actions on various vehicles as a result of lessons learned from Desert Storm, Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, and ongoing vehicle deployments. 

With guidance from the US Marine Corps and the significant effort from Industry partners, Henry has been responsible for the design, build and evaluation of technology demonstration vehicles resulting in the deployment of vehicle systems including the Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR), Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR), Combat Tactical Vehicle (CTV)/Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) and the Marine Personnel Carrier (MPC)/Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV). He was responsible for the development and implementation of the Wave Number Spectra measurement methodology currently used to help define terrain severity within the Marine Corps mission profile.

Similarly, for the US Army, he has been responsible for the design, build and test of technology demonstration vehicles and upgrades for a variety of vehicle systems including the HMMWV and FMTV.  He has conducted test and engineering evaluations for most of the light, medium and heavy tactical fleets

Henry participates in various commercial, NATO and US DOD technical organizations.  He continues to support the development of autonomous vehicles, remote sensing technologies, three-dimensional multi-body dynamic deformable soils simulations and off-road optimum travel path prediction methods. 

Leadership from the next generation, insures that NATC will continue to produce military and commercial automotive industry expedient solutions which meet user requirements.  NATC provides engineering, modeling and simulation, fabrication, survivability test and analysis, weapon systems evaluation, training, vehicle development, and test services.  NATC’s capability to replicate a broad range of conditions, including environmental extremes, helps to insure robust vehicle solutions that can be successfully deployed around the world.

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