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Dstl to explore future ground combat vehicle tech

13th September 2019 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has announced £3.2 million in funding for a new research project to explore the latest vehicle technologies to boost the performance of UK future ground combat vehicles.

Led by QinetiQ, the project will focus on innovative solutions for ground vehicle mobility exploiting the potential provided by electric drive systems.

Work will include an assessment of the latest technologies that can help to boost future ground combat vehicles and how those technologies would integrate with current systems, in order to enable investment in the right technology.

In particular, the project will investigate advanced running gear solutions for wheeled manned and autonomous vehicles to close the gap between the mobility of wheeled and tracked vehicles. The running gear will integrate with QinetiQ’s in-wheel electric hub drive technology and the two combined will deliver significant benefits in armoured vehicle design. The solutions will enable platforms with significant increases in operational and tactical mobility along with survivability and fuel efficiency benefits.

In addition the studies will explore controls for active suspension, including looking at electric and hydraulic options; advanced tyre technologies; terrain scanning and sensing including use of optical and light detection and ranging (LiDAR) with other sensor systems such as radar with an integrated control system; and using advanced data processing/fusion techniques coupled with the application of novel materials.

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