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CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. truck and engine maker Navistar International Corp. is taking on veteran military defense titan Lockheed Martin Corp. this week in a preliminary face-off to replace the Humvee, the U.S. military's ubiquitous utility vehicle.
On Thursday, the two companies are scheduled to deliver dueling prototypes for the so-called Future Tactical Truck System program, part of the Pentagon's effort to design a combat support vehicle that is as tough as the insurgencies it faces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Pentagon in February tapped Navistar and Lockheed, known for its missiles, for the project. They beat out several competitors with more expertise in manufacturing ground military combat vehicles, including privately held AM General, the Humvee's current maker.
The government gave the two companies a wish list of the latest technologies it wants in the next generation of the multi-duty trucks. Nine months and $20 million later, the bidders have come up with rival designs.
Navistar's prototype looks like an oversized, armored pickup truck. It sports a 387-horsepower, four-cylinder, diesel-electric hybrid engine. When idling, the onboard power supply can generate 75 kilowatts of juice -- enough to power 15 American homes and still have enough left over to run 300 pounds of onboard, state-of-the-art combat communications gear.
Originally posted by warpboost
Murcielago, now that is what I'm talking about! with the angled doors Now it need a V shaped hull, a CROWS turret with an M2, and MK19 mounted, and some reactive armor
Specifications defined by the services for the JLTV family of vehicles address current capabilities gaps, to increase force protection, survivability, fuel-efficiency, capacity, maneuverability and automotive safety balanced with the total cost of ownership. Vehicles also must meet current weight and dimension requirements for transportability aboard ships and aircraft. In general, JLTV is expected to provide the U.S. Army and Marine Corps with a family of more survivable vehicles and greater payload than the current HMWWV.
Originally posted by warpboost
Is there anything besides a real armored vehicle like a tank that can allow the crew to survive an IED?
Originally posted by Lonestar24
I think that some of you, with all your calls for more armor, are missing a key point: Vehicles like the HMMWV, up-armored or not, are simply misplaced in the role they are used now in Iraq. That simply means that a replacement for the Hummer does not have to be IED proofed at all - it should never even get into that situation!
Obviously you can´t replace all Hummers on patrol duty with Strykers, so the US Army needs to find a decent armored patrol vehicle in the 8-12t class (which are increasingly common in other armies), and then a dedicated light truck as replacement for the other tasks of the Hummer. These are two different things.