Via emphasized that regardless of where, "they're going to expect units to be ready to go with the equipment and materiel needed to accomplish the mission and come home safely."
With that in mind, engineers with the
"By improving the current vehicle fleet and developing new capabilities, our engineers and scientists are making progress in shaping the
Envisioning how future mobility will look and function started with the Mobility Demonstrator. Some of those ideas have spun into other key projects, such as the Combat Vehicle Prototype, known as CVP, and the Ground experimental vehicle, known as GXV. The GXV is a joint project with the
Engineers explored future mobility concepts that offer modularity, advanced drive trains and component commonality. They looked at systems such as common chassis, wheels-to-tracks transformation systems, high-power-dense engines, advanced suspension systems, electrified propulsion systems, advanced energy storage systems and advanced thermal management systems. These exercises evolved into future research initiatives, including the GXV.
The GXV has initiated several seedling evaluations involving other
"Operational forces have been limited to the terrain they encounter, and we're researching how GXP could travel over different kinds of terrain," said
TARDEC demonstrated autonomous vehicle technology at
The system may provide flexibility and adaptability to augment Soldier capabilities and protection. Engineers designed the system to provide a wide range of military vehicle platforms with optionally manned capabilities to increase safety and provide Soldiers with additional flexibility.
Equipped with GPS, LIDAR (Light Detecting and Ranging systems) and RADAR, along with a host of sensors and other high-tech hardware and software components, the system's intelligence and autonomous decision-making abilities can be installed in practically any military vehicle, transforming an ordinary vehicle into an optionally manned version.
Another demonstration with more vehicles and more complex notional scenarios is scheduled for later this year.
"We are very happy with the results, but the
MODULAR VEHICLE DEMONSTRATOR
TARDEC leadership periodically selects a series of innovation projects featuring new technology development with potential to change how ground vehicle platforms are designed. The Modular Vehicle Demonstrator proposes to assemble interchangeable vehicle pods on a common chassis in the 30 to 55 ton weight class, transforming the way the
The concept would allow a common platform and powertrain system as a base, combined with a series of removable pods to assemble mission-specific configurations. The concept would preclude the requirement for vehicle variants built to perform specific missions, such as carrying a squad, hauling supplies, assault or reconnaissance. The demonstrator program even allows for a driverless application.
"It's all conceptual," TARDEC engineer
The team has transitioned to full-size vehicle testing to demonstrate the chassis, drivetrain performance and armor solutions using an existing mine-resistant ambush-protected hull as a test bed.
"The intent of the program is to design a vehicle with extensive modularity, commonality, adaptability and flexibility to perform a variety of missions," TARDEC engineer
In addition, the
At the heart of this strategy is investment in exceptional facilities and talent to achieve the right technology solutions for Soldiers. "If we are successful as a science and technology community, we will fundamentally change the capabilities future Soldiers have to give them overwhelming superiority," Rogers said.
RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the
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