New Humvee

Discussion in 'Weapons, Equipment & Rations' started by msr, Nov 21, 2004.

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    msr LE,14632,Soldiertech_Shadow,,00.html?

    The Shadow RST-V is a new diesel-electric hybrid vehicle used for reconnaissance, surveillance, and targeting. The vehicle is aluminum bodied, with two side doors and a rear access ramp. Bulletproof windows are standard, and for added protection against small arms and mines, an armor package can also be installed. The Shadow RST-V demonstrates the most current of cutting-edge technology developed by Naval materials scientists with sponsorship by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Shattering records during testing, the Shadow is poised to replace the Humvee as the Marine Corps' new multi-purpose vehicle.

  2. Aluminium body and bulletproof windows?

    More joined-up thinking...
  3. To much technology, to much to break, to long to fix, not enough money in the supply chain to buy the spares to fix it.

  4. Or in this case, less? No gearbox, no clutch, no transmission, motor in each wheel. So, one motor breaks, you've got three more. Engine dies, run on batteries for another hour or two. It's the way ahead.....

    ISTR the prototype was a standard HMMWV with the 1.9 turbo-diesel out of a VW Golf, a tray of 12V, and four big motors. The breakthrough was the ability to switch decent power loads via semiconductors, IIRC....
  5. Just bring back the Jeep!
  6. But izzit squaddyproof ??
  7. So the thing runs on electricity, clever. Except, the powers that be are getting rid of VEs. Smart move that one.
  8. Sounds great. But what about the electro-magnetic pulse that follows some bangs and the non-lethal stuff the boffins are working on - if it stops electronic things, then something that is this electrical/electronic is vulnerable isn't it?
  9. EMP would also knock out convential vechicles and can be sheilded against
    dont think the spams enemys to bothered about non lethals .
  10. If the windows are bullet proof as standard, why not the armour? 8O
  11. Why hasn't Diesel-electric transmission been used on military vehicles before? I would have though that doing away with a conventional mechanical transmission and all it's associated clobber would have been ideal for AFVs. You could put the engine anywhere you liked for a start and it would be far easier to maintain. You might even be able to get the best out of gas turbines by using a generator rather than having to gear down from 70,000rpm to 1000 mechanically. It's not as if it's a new idea, those 100t monster dumper-trucks that they use on mines are all diesel-electric.
  12. Probably because a diesel engine works pretty damn well and the development costs far outweighed the returns you'd get from doing it. Sure - those hooge dumper trucks have the technology, but having that to haul half a dozen squaddies around Salisbury Plain is a bit OTT. Putting new kit into the field is pretty difficult, too. It usually isn't squaddie-proof!
  13. the ability to silently creep round got to be an advantage if they can get it to work .
  14. would give woody a chance to doze in a sangar and not get woken up by nasty loud warriors going past :twisted:
  15. I've often thought that electric transmission is the way forward for all kinds of vehicles - no diffs! no gears! no fancy bits for 4WD! Just a big motor in each wheel. Means you can put things like traction control in software, do regenerative braking as well (if you got it right, you might even do away with brakes - just bang the load right up and convert movement to wiggly amps rather than heat. And you can usually find something to do with electricity.)