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US Army awards BAE Systems Bradley Hybrid Electric Drive contract

17th July 2020 - 15:05 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


BAE Systems has been awarded a $32 million prototype agreement by the US Army’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office to integrate a Hybrid Electric Drive (HED) system onto a Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

The development programme is part of the army’s effort to increase vehicle efficiency and boost power generation to support the integration of future technologies and greater mobility for combat vehicles on the battlefield.

BAE Systems and QinetiQ will begin the work this summer. They will use an existing Bradley Fighting Vehicle as the testbed for integrating the HED technology under the Combat Vehicle Power and Energy architecture and mobility capabilities development programme.

HED systems also improve automotive performance and provide drive-by-wire mobility to support autonomy in addition to increase power generation, according to the BAE Systems.

With minor platform modifications, HED technology can be configured for various vehicles including the Bradley, the Armoured Multi-Purpose Vehicle, the M109A7 self-propelled howitzers, and the family of Multiple Launch Rocket Systems.

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