AVL Powertrain Engineering (AVL) has been awarded a contract to develop an advanced combat engine for the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC).
Awarded by the National Advanced Mobility Consortium, the $17m contract requires the company to collaborate research and development work with TARDEC for development of an opposed piston, two-stroke single cylinder advanced combat engine technology demonstrator.
The project will focus on developing a modular, scalable engine that will offer very low heat rejection, high-power density, increased fuel efficiency and other performance attributes required for dedicated military applications.
AVL business development director James Labonte said: "Current military engines have set a high standard for reliability and durability.
"The prospect of developing the standard for the next generation, and doing so from the ground up, is exhilarating."
Capabilities resulting from the project are expected to form the blueprint for the next generation of US military combat powertrain applications.
Work under the contract, which represents the latest of various high-technology focused programmes undertaken by AVL for the US military over the years, is scheduled to be carried out at the company’s facility in Plymouth, Michigan, US.
AVL Americas chairman Don Manvel said: "The trust the US Army continues to place in AVL as a strategic technology partner is especially gratifying."
The company and its worldwide affiliates have already developed more than 260 clean-sheet engines over the last decade.
The single cylinder advanced combat engine technology demonstrator will form part of the army’s 30-year strategy to modernise tactical and combat vehicles.