Timon Singh

BAE Systems Develops Hybrid Electric Drive Tank for the U.S. Army

by , 02/27/12
filed under: Green Transportation

army, bae systems, california, hybrid tank, michigan, tank, u.s. army, hybrid tank, hybrid tank bae systems, us military alternative energy, us military hybrid tanks, us army hybrid tanks, Northrop Grumman Ground Combat Vehicle, Northrop Grumman Ground Combat Vehicle hybrid, Ground Combat Vehicle hybrid, Ground Combat Vehicle hybrid bae systems

The United States Military has long been a supporter for alternative energy in order to make the assorted Armed Forces as efficient as possible. The efforts have seen the development of everything from fighter jets running on biofuel to solar powered backpacks for troops in Afghanistan. One of the biggest challenges facing the US Army, however, has been how to make their Ground Combat Vehicles (GCVs) more fuel efficient. Currently, the average Army soldier uses 22 gallons of gasoline a day, but that is set to change with BAE Systems unveiling the specifications for a hybrid-electric U.S. Army tank – a vehicle that has been in the works for four years.

army, bae systems, california, hybrid tank, michigan, tank, u.s. army, hybrid tank, hybrid tank bae systems, us military alternative energy, us military hybrid tanks, us army hybrid tanks, Northrop Grumman Ground Combat Vehicle, Northrop Grumman Ground Combat Vehicle hybrid, Ground Combat Vehicle hybrid, Ground Combat Vehicle hybrid bae systems

The hybrid GCV, known as the Northrop Grumman Ground Combat Vehicle, was first tested in August 2007 and has been designed in order to “modernize the US Army and provide soldiers with a decisive edge against adversaries.” The vehicle includes a hybrid electric drive propulsion system that enables greater force protection and added mobility as it is 20 percent more fuel-efficient than conventional diesel-powered tanks.

The hybrid GCV is part of the US Army’s Future Combat Systems (FCS) program that will see the military utilize hybrid tanks as a way of fueling supply lines faster and putting fewer lives at risk. According to BAE System’s website, the Hybrid Electric Drive (HED) is “the next logical step for the U.S. Army, and now is the time for soldiers to reap the benefits that hybrid will bring to the battlefield.”

+ BAE Systems

via Green Auto Blog

Images: BAESystemsInc

Related Posts

LEAVE A COMMENT

or your inhabitat account below

Let's make sure you're a real person:


1 Comment

  1. slickster69 February 28, 2012 at 7:48 am

    This beast has worse fuel mileage than the latest Abrams.

  • Read Inhabitat

  • Search Categories

  • Recent Posts

  • Recent Comments

  • Browse by Keyword

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
What are you looking for? (Solar, HVAC, etc.)
Where are you located?