A couple of interesting MilTech items caught my eye.
First is a prototype “Ultra Light Vehicle” prototype. Only in the world of the DoD is a vehicle with a maximum curb weight of 14,000 pounds considered “ultralight.” 🙂 On the other hand, this is designed to be more blast resistant than an up-armored HumVee and less expensive than the much heavier MRAP.
This is a prototype, not a pre-production model, so it’s more of a rolling test bed. The hybrid drive is an interesting feature. Two electric motors, one in the front and one in the back, each capable of moving the vehicle. Nice survivability feature. It also has a diesel engine for charging the batteries, supplying power directly to the motors and powering the ton of other gadgets on this vehicle. Oh, and running quiet on the battery can be useful tactically as well.
The military is still looking at future concepts for individual armor for the War Fighter. Their current wish list looks a lot like some posts made on Sci.military before the “Endless September” hit UseNET. Note that these posts were made back in 1991. They are old enough to buy their own booze, as well as being made before a lot of American kids serving their country now were born.