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Old 05-23-2007, 08:53 AM   #1
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Default Army’s Diesel-Electric ‘Aggressor’ Vehicle Could Be Iraq’s First Hybrid

Army’s Diesel-Electric ‘Aggressor’ Vehicle Could Be Iraq’s First Hybrid

http://www.popularmechanics.com/blog...s/4217017.html



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The diesel-electric hybrid hype has met its match: the U.S. Army. After focusing on hydrogen fuel cells in its original version of “The Aggressor,” a high-performance, off-road Alternative Mobility Vehicle (AMV) for military ground exploration and scouting missions, the Pentagon is now going the way of Detroit—with batteries.

The new, second-generation prototype will still utilize the same basic chassis and exterior design for light-duty capacity. But the Army’s auto research arm—part of the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC)—has developed a battery-dominant, hybrid-electric drivetrain with a diesel engine-generator. That could make the new Aggressor the first hybrid to hit the streets of Baghdad en masse.

A wider, 66-in. body design makes room for high-performance acceleration—as military vehicles go—with the second-gen Aggressor set to rev from 0-40 mph in four seconds and top out at 80 mph. But speed is not the main attraction here; stealth is. The Aggressor’s design provides battery-only operations, allowing it to switch into “silent mode” with a reduced thermal signature. Combine that with extended range and exportable power, and this should be one tough-to-detect AMV for missions involving communications, surveillance and targeting.

While the first prototype, built in 2004, never made it beyond military testing and evaluation, the new pre-production Aggressors aim to be energy- and mission-sustainable. “We believe that the AMV program offers an innovative solution as a long-range reconnaissance vehicle that fills a technology gap for the U.S. Army in its national defense efforts while reducing its fuel logistic burden,” said Alan Niedzwieki, president and CEO of Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies, which the Army contracted for both versions of the Aggressor.

There have also been internal discussions about the benefits of the Aggressor and Quantum’s innovative, hybrid drivetrain for other commercial applications, including homeland security, border patrol, park service operations and light-duty automobiles. A military-powered hybrid future? Now that’s one for the comments section....
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Old 05-23-2007, 09:00 AM   #2
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Armor.. armor.. armor.. nope, no mention of 'armor' in that article. I suppose that's par for the course these days. Oh, of course now with added battery acid. IEDs and landmines mix well with lots of battery acid.

That said, if this diesel engine-generator is a small turbine or something else equally efficient, this is pretty badass.
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well i bet its going to be used for spec ops guy in replacement of the dune buggy(DPV)...
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You know I have seen either on TV or in print several vehicles the ARMY / MARINES are working and none of them seem relevant in the next 10 years. This vehicle maybe great for recon but do our soldiers really need a new recon vehicle?

How about a patrol vehicle and light transport that can at least protect them from an IED. IEDs and RPG 7's pose a much greater threat than MBT and attack helicopters. It would seem all of the R&D resources should be put to developing a vehicle to fight the urban war we are gonna be engaged in for the next 20 years.

In the current fight and beat up Toyota pickup or camel does not Scream AMERICAN right here and are probably more reliable for a special forces guys.
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a solider driving that is an open target
i can snip him real easily just like on ghost recon
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These type of vehicles arent going to be used in regular infantry units just yet....trust me It will most likely to be used in SOCOM, or sniper teams

There are several new armored vehicles in iraq like the Rhino that can take a direct RPG hit and IED hit and it wont do a damn thing to it. They use this vehicle for high risk missions/VIP transport/Saddam's transport to court etc.

And the Grizzly, Buffalo and Cougar they are slowly replacing the hummers in urban conflicts like baghdad and such...I think there is about 1,000 of these in iraq right now and another 15,000 on order
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Ha Google / Wiki owns me! Your right, the military seems to have the issue under control. However I'll be more impressed when I dont see anymore Hummvees in country.
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