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US Army reveals radical new self-driving troop carrier: GXV-T concept can keep soldiers sealed inside and even automatically reconfigure its armour to 'bounce off' missile attacks

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US Army reveals radical new self-driving troop carrier: GXV-T concept can keep soldiers sealed inside and even automatically reconfigure its armour to 'bounce off' missile attacks
8 DARPA awarded contracts to a group of defense contractors and research institutes to develop technology
The Ground X-Vehicle Technology program (GXV-T) will develop an array of technology in four areas for the combat machines: radically enhanced mobility, survivability through agility, crew augmentation and signature management
DARPA says the US Army and Marine Corps have expressed interest in future GXV-T capabilities

Armored tanks are built to protect, but they were not designed to manoeuvre through rough terrain or avoid incoming threats.

New concept vehicles have dropped the extra thick steel padding, allowing future machines to travel over 95 percent of available terrain and with more speed.

Created by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), the Ground X-Vehicle Technology program is working to produce 'nimble, fast and smart' combat trucks that are able to shield themselves from enemies and deflect targeted missiles.

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'DARPA's performers for GXV-T are helping defy the' more armor equals better protection 'axiom that has constrained armored ground vehicle design for the past 100 years,' said Major Christopher Orlowski, DARPA program manager.

DARPA awarded a total of eight contracts to a group of defensecontractors and research institutes.

Corporate units include Raytheon, Honeywell International, Ledios, QuinetiQ and Pratt & Miller.

Also in the mix are Carnegie Mellon University, the Southwest Researcher Institute and SRI International.

The Ground X-Vehicle Technology program (GXV-T) will develop an array of technology in four areas for the combat machines: radically enhanced mobility, survivability through agility, crew augmentation and signature management.

The program is looking at new capabilities that will allow the machines to travel up steep slopes and travel around uneven elevations.

For instance, the group has interest in revolutionary wheel /track and suspension technology that would give vehicles access to all type of terrain and move faster on- and off-road.

The contract also includes ways to improve situational and threat detection, as well as technology that provides a 360-view from a control base-- technology used in commercial airline cockpits.

These cutting-edge machines are set to be autonomous, so they will need technology that can recognize incoming threats on their own.

And the program is interested in technology that includes vertical and horizontal movement of armor that can react in real-time to incoming threats, such as missiles.

GXV-T Revs up Research into Nimbler, Faster, Smarter Armored Ground Vehicles
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28 April 2016, 4:03