United States Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center.
U.S. ARMY DETROIT ARSENAL, Warren, Mich. (April 26, 2012) -- This week the Army debuted its latest concept vehicle that not only significantly improves upon fuel economy, it also has the capability to generate and export electric power to Soldiers in austere locations like Afghanistan.
Following the grand opening of the arsenal's high-tech lab last week, the Fuel Efficient ground vehicle Demonstrator (Bravo version), or FED Bravo, was displayed to the public at the Society of Automotive Engineers 2012 World Congress, April 24-26. The FED Alpha concept vehicle shown to the public last fall was fuel-efficient, but could not export power like the Bravo version.
The ULV Ultra Light Vehicle is a project from the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), to design Army vehicles that can undertake missions across a full spectrum of operational challenges while keeping occupants safe and using fuel efficiently. The ULV is a hybrid vehicle that includes lightweight advanced material armor, lightweight wheels and tires and other automotive systems, blast-mitigating underbody technology and advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment inside. The ULV is not a replacement for the JLTV Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program or the Humvee. It is an experimental vehicle used for testing purposes. TARDECТs Ground System Survivability (GSS) group partnered with non-traditional defense contractors to bring their combined engineering expertise to the project. Tests and evaluations (T&Es) are planned through early 2014 where model predications can be validated and areas for improvement can be analyzed. T&Es on three ULV test articles includes human factors engineering, mobility, durability and survivability tests. Test sites include Aberdeen Test Center (ATC), Nevada Automotive Test Center (NATC) and TARDECТs Ground System Power and Energy Lab (GSPEL). The array of test data from the three test sites will provide a solid understanding of the vehicleТs capabilities, limitations and opportunities for development. The ULVТs final design includes a relatively spacious, contractor (Hardwire LLC)-designed crew-accommodating cab that provides increased interior space than similarly equipped tactical vehicles. The remote-mounted and remote-controlled vehicle electronics reduce HVAC workloads and- create significant occupant spatial accommodations. In November 2013, the U.S. Army announced that two of the three vehicles in the Army's "Ultra Light Vehicle" program have now entered survivability testing in Nevada and Maryland, to evaluate both their blast and ballistic protection capability.
Senior Army leaders representing the Army Materiel Command (AMC), the Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC), the Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM) and TARDEC were present to witness the demonstration. The AMAS CAD was jointly funded by ARCIC and Lockheed Martin. While the AMAS JCTD is aimed at augmenting the safety and security of human drivers in a convoy mission, the CAD was aimed at completely removing the Soldier from the cab.