General Dynamics Highlights Combat Vehicle Hybrid Power

The AbramsX main battle tank.
The AbramsX main battle tank.

General Dynamics Land Systems (Booth 800) is, among other items, using AUSA 2022 to illustrate the advances that are already available to expand the capabilities of ground combat vehicles.

It is doing so by exhibiting three Technology Demonstrators – the AbramsX main battle tank, the StrykerX wheeled combat vehicle, and TRX Breacher vehicle.

As Tim Reese, Director AUSA US Business Development shared “The “X” systems were all developed through our and our industry partners funds and are intended to exhibit what is currently possible in providing enhancements to existing as well as future systems.” A key shared feature in these “X” demonstrators is the incorporation of hybrid power and the benefits it offers in each case.

The AbramsX substitutes a Cumming’s advanced diesel engine and electric battery power in a parallel configuration. Here electric supplies power in low demand periods like stationary, silent watch an offer exportable power. Diesel drives the tank with electric also available to provide a boost and augment at high demand. The vehicle as configured meets current range demands with 50 percent less fuel but could be altered to increase this range.

In StrykerX the diesel function is to charge the batteries with electric motors “powering” the vehicle. This permits true “silent running” in all conditions while facilitating silent watch, expanded situational awareness sensor package possibility for extended range. The application further permits the vehicle’s reconfiguration with driver and commander side-by-side and more space and stowage for mounted infantry.

The StrykerX wheeled combat vehicle.
The StrykerX wheeled combat vehicle.

TRX Breacher uses a similar power design as StrykerX. The design focuses on providing a highly adaptable flatbed platform for a variety of mission payloads operating in an unmanned manner. It will be displayed with the Pearson Engineering obstacle-reduction system.

by Stephen W. Miller