A number of Phase II contract awardees have demonstrated advanced radical technology for future combat vehicles for the US DARPA’s Ground X-Vehicle Technologies (GXV-T) programme.
DARPA’s GXV-T programme focuses on enhancing mobility, survivability, safety, and effectiveness of future combat vehicles without piling on armour.
The new technologies will enable the vehicles to travel quickly over different terrain while enhancing situational awareness and ease of operation.
DARPA Tactical Technology Office GXV-T programme manager Major Amber Walker said: “We’re looking at how to enhance survivability by buttoning up the cockpit and augmenting the crew through driver-assistance aids.
“For mobility, we’ve taken a radically different approach by avoiding armour and developing options to move quickly and be agile over all terrain.”
The GXV-T programme focuses on developing future combat vehicles that would be capable of travelling up to 95% of off-road terrain, including slopes and various elevations.
The vehicles will include advanced wheel-to-track and suspension technologies that would enable access and faster travel both on- and off-road compared to the existing ground vehicles.
The programme aims to seek solutions with multiple on-board sensors and technologies that would provide high-resolution, 360-degree situational awareness while keeping the vehicle enclosed.
Walker added: “DARPA’s excited about the progress made to date on the GXV-T programme and we look forward to working with the services to transition these technologies into ground vehicle technologies of the future.”