Tactical Hybrid Vehicle

Tactical Hybrid Vehicle

This is a discussion on Tactical Hybrid Vehicle within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; It's only a prototype but I already want one, a Diesel-Electric Hybrid that is designed for warfare. The new, second-generation prototype will still utilize the ...

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    Tactical Hybrid Vehicle

    It's only a prototype but I already want one, a Diesel-Electric Hybrid that is designed for warfare.

    The new, second-generation prototype will still utilize the same basic chassis and exterior design for light-duty capacity. But the Army’s auto research arm—part of the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC)—has developed a battery-dominant, hybrid-electric drivetrain with a diesel engine-generator. That could make the new Aggressor the first hybrid to hit the streets of Baghdad en masse.


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    With that low of a ground clearance (I know pictures are/can be deceptive), it would be an urban assault vehicle. Pavement and established roads would be about the only thing that vehicle could traverse effectively.

    It looks like it has a poor approach angle, a deplorable breakover angle, and no idea what kind of departure angle since I can't see the rear end. Milspec HUMMV's, although heavier, would be better used for this vehicles intent (scouting/recon). Heck, bring the jeep back. That was a much better platform than what is in use today. (Edit:I did find a rear view pic, and as I thought, departure angle is shoddy at best.)

    There is a very limited occupancy (2 persons), and I can't see anyplace to store gear.

    In short, it might be a fun toy, but I see no practical purpose in it at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by purple88yj View Post
    With that low of a ground clearance (I know pictures are/can be deceptive), it would be an urban assault vehicle. Pavement and established roads would be about the only thing that vehicle could traverse effectively.

    It looks like it has a poor approach angle, a deplorable breakover angle, and no idea what kind of departure angle since I can't see the rear end. Milspec HUMMV's, although heavier, would be better used for this vehicles intent (scouting/recon). Heck, bring the jeep back. That was a much better platform than what is in use today. (Edit:I did find a rear view pic, and as I thought, departure angle is shoddy at best.)

    There is a very limited occupancy (2 persons), and I can't see anyplace to store gear.

    In short, it might be a fun toy, but I see no practical purpose in it at all.


    You are 100% right. Plus there are no weapon mounting point.

    Hell, Ford has already come up with something better and the Irish Army uses them a lot (among other countries):

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    I didn't even notice the lack of a weapons mount.

    I am certain that if this vehicle progresses any further, that many of the points here will be addressed. I realize that it is in prototype stages right now, and these may not have been a factor in the original concept.

    The way it sits, though, it would be a hoot to blast over some dunes or cruise down the beach in, but some of the off roading that I would do, that thing wouldn't make it off the trailhead. At the very least it would need a winch.
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    In Canada, DNDCA uses the Chevy "Milverado", a modified Silverado...

    And the G-Wagen

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    you guys are teasing me with this stuff aint ya ?
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    You have to admit...if they can control the switch from fuel to electric manually...it'd make one heck of a stealthy vehicle. Minus - the ground clearance issues.
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    They had designed a hybrid HMMWV some years ago, nothing ever happened with that.
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    Oh I don't want one for use in the sandbox, I want one for leisure. All the negatives pointed out above are valid for .gov use but moot for my intentions.

    We've been looking for a decent hybrid engined convertible for summer driving. We had a Prius but it had too much roof, and all the convertibles we look at are yuppie cars, we did see a nice '78 Cadillac for sale but now I've noticed this little monster I am set on it.

    I just want to drive around in a 'videogame' vehicle, can't a guy have his irrational desires...?

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