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GXV-T's goal is not to just improve or replace one particular vehicle - it's about breaking the 'more armor' paradigm and revolutionizing projection for all armored fighting vehicles," said Kevin Massey, DARPA program manager. Inspired by how X-plane programs have improved airfraft capabilities over the past 60 years, we plan to pursue groundbreaking fundamental research and development to help make future armored fighting vehicles significantly more mobile, effective, save and affordable."
GXV-T’s technical goals include the following improvements relative to today’s armored fighting vehicles:
◦Reduce vehicle size and weight by 50 percent
◦Reduce onboard crew needed to operate vehicle by 50 percent
◦Increase vehicle speed by 100 percent
◦Access 95 percent of terrain
◦Reduce signatures that enable adversaries to detect and engage vehicles
The GXV-T program provides the following four technical areas as examples where advanced technologies could be developed that would meet the program’s objectives:
◦Radically Enhanced Mobility – Ability to traverse diverse off-road terrain, including slopes and various elevations; advanced suspensions and novel track/wheel configurations; extreme speed; rapid omnidirectional movement changes in three dimensions
◦Survivability through Agility – Autonomously avoid incoming threats without harming occupants through technologies such as agile motion (dodging) and active repositioning of armor
◦Crew Augmentation – Improved physical and electronically assisted situational awareness for crew and passengers; semi-autonomous driver assistance and automation of key crew functions similar to capabilities found in modern commercial airplane cockpits
◦Signature Management – Reduction of detectable signatures, including visible, infrared (IR), acoustic and electromagnetic (EM)
originally posted by: smurfy
The big step that DARPA's reaching for is unmanned/AKA robotic anything, that probably includes vehicles. It's internet war games for real... a stroke of a key from afar, Stuxnet is just a starter. Mind you, it costs a fecking fortune. All countries will soon need to comply if not already.
originally posted by: Q
a reply to: MrSpad
Yeah, this is the modern tank equivalent of the Graf Spee.
New tech, new application, old concept.
Still, these could be some rather effective pieces of hardware.