Posts Tagged ‘Armored Vehicles’

Composites key to lighter, more mobile vehicles

December 14, 2008



The future of the Army’s land vehicles is taking shape on a cement slab in a grassy field at Aberdeen Proving Ground (Maryland) where a medium-caliber gun blasts away at point-blank range at an aluminum hull hung with pads of exotic new armor plate.

After the murderous fire pierces, bends and shreds the protective materials, Army engineers study the damage and draw lessons for the next try.

It’s all part of the high-stakes effort to develop lightweight composites that outperform traditional steel.

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US shouldn’t sacrifice tanks, Bradleys for FCS

October 31, 2008


Find posters, framed art prints, calendars and postcard sets featuring the Stryker Infantry Fighting Vehicle and the brave soldiers who man it. Visit the PatriArt Gallery today.


ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 28 (UPI) — Pentagon policymakers tentatively decided last weekend to terminate a competition for the military’s next generation of communications satellites.

The program was supposed to give each warfighter easy, secure access to the global information grid as part of the joint force’s migration to networked warfare.

The plan now is to restart the satellite program as a less costly effort on a stretched-out schedule, but the more likely outcome is that the program simply dies for lack of support in the new administration. That would be a real tragedy, leading to the avoidable deaths of many warfighters who cannot obtain timely links via other means.

Setting aside the utter lack of transparency in this last, misguided decision by a failed administration, what lesson might be learned from the satellite’s termination?  Read Loren Thompson’s entire editorial

Army Wants Hummer, MRAP Hybrid

August 27, 2008

The military credits its new crop of hulking armored vehicles with saving hundreds of soldiers’ skins. But these Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected (MRAP) behemoths come with all kinds of problems, as well. They’re too bulky to drive through Iraqi alleyways and Afghan trails. And they’re prone to roll-overs. So the Army and Marines are looking for a next-gen MRAP, that combines the “agility, maneuverability and mobility” of a Humvee, with the protection of the brawny new vehicles. Read Noah Schachtman’s complete report.