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The days of tanks as giant steel behemoths may be numbered with DARPA awarding eight development contracts for its Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) program. The awards to Carnegie Mellon University, Honeywell International, Leido, Pratt & Miller, QinetiQ, Raytheon BBN, Southwest Research Institute and SRI International are aimed at creating a smarter, faster generation of armored vehicle that replaces steel with speed and agility.
DARPA says the latests contracts focus on developing technology in four areas for the wheeled combat machine: radically enhanced mobility, survivability through agility, crew augmentation, and signature management.
Terms of the early-stage research contracts weren’t disclosed. A 2014 solicitation offers up to $27.4 million for “Technology Development” over two years.
The groups will help tackle four key technological goals, according to the Tuesday release announcing the contracts:
The ability to traverse 95 percent of all terrain, including high slopes and uneven ground.