Sturman wins initial Army research contract

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Sturman Industries has won a multi-phase U.S. Army research grant for rotary diesel fuel injection for unmanned and manned ground systems.

The Woodland Park-based company will examine, develop and demonstrate the use of an advanced high pressure injection systems.

The company provides features such as flight-weight design, injection spray, custom packaging and integrated electronics. The initial contract is a six-month, $100,000 phase-one agreement, said company spokesman Joe Vollner.

Once the company completes phase one, it is eligible to apply for the phase two portion of the contract, which will be for $1 million over a 24 month period. In phase three, the company will partner with a larger defense company for a longer period of time, he said.

“The Army recognizes that innovation and rapid implementation of the resulting product is the best path to provide our troops with the very best equipment,” said Eddie Sturman, co-founder of the company.

Sturman currently provides its fuel injectors for the Army’s MRAP vehicles, heavy trucks used to transport troops designed to withstand much of the blast from improvised explosive devices.