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UK hybrid-electric vehicle assessment begins

11th May 2021 - 09:17 GMT | by Tim Fish in Auckland

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The British Army has 440 Jackal 4x4 HMT 400 series vehicles in-service in three different variants (UK MoD).

British Army headquarters is keen to discover whether there are benefits from installing hybrid-electric drive systems on some of its vehicles. NP Aerospace has delivered prototypes for testing that will offer valuable data to inform future decisions.

Testing of new hybrid-electric drive (HED) prototype variants of the British Army’s Jackal and Foxhound protected mobility (PM) vehicles will start this week.

The two modified vehicles with HED systems installed were delivered to Millbrook – the UK MoD’s military ground vehicle test and engineering facility – in April, where they will undergo a performance assessment against existing baseline vehicles.

NP Aerospace led the vehicle conversion, which MoD Defence Equipment & Support procurement authority contracted in August 2020 to perform the work – called Technology Demonstrator Project No.6 – as part of its responsibilities under the Protected Mobility Engineering and …

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