Britain is developing a new hybrid drive system for electrical armored vehicles
LONDON, (BM) – Soon the British army may be armed with electrically armored vehicles powered by a new hybrid system, he learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Defence24.
As reported by the Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom, trials are currently underway on a new hybrid drive system on Jackal wheeled reconnaissance cars and MRAP Ocelot armored vehicles belonging to the 1st Queen’s Dragoon Guards regiment. The British Ministry of Defense allocated 3 million pounds for this purpose.
The main reason for the British army to experiment with the use of hybrid propulsion in its military vehicles is to be a number of benefits resulting from its use in relation to the classic systems used so far.
The hybrid drive is to offer reduced noise emission, and thus the possibility of better masking the presence of the vehicle and greater engine power, and thus mobility and off-road capability.
Work on the new innovative hybrid electric drive system is carried out by the British company NP Aerospace from Coventry, which works with other local companies such as General Dynamics UK, Supacat and Magtec. The main goal of this program is to create a batch of prototype military armored cars of the Foxhound and Jackal 2 type, which are to be used to test this new solution.
“It is important that our armored vehicles are equipped with the latest technology in order for us to maintain a winning advantage. These tests will provide our armed forces with the latest, safest and most efficient technology while promoting prosperity across the UK. They represent a potential opportunity to improve sustainability. our vehicles and their military performance” British Defense Minister Jeremy Quin said.
An additional effect of the target introduction of hybrid propulsion in British army vehicles, in addition to the above-mentioned technical and operational benefits, is to reduce the military’s dependence on fossil fuels as much as possible.
This step is consistent with the government’s policy, which plans to completely abandon this energy source by 2050. This will allow the reduction of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions, for which the British Ministry of Defense has allocated additional funds in the budget of the armed forces.
The aforementioned works are carried out as part of the larger military program Protected Mobility Engineering & Technical Support (PMETS), which is to ensure the continuous modernization and generational replacement of combat vehicles operated by the British Army. The initial results of the British Army’s hybrid drive tests will be unveiled in November. at Defense Vehicle Dynamics 20 (DVD20).
British Army received the first batch of Ares armored personnel carriers
As we reported on July 29 the British Army has announced the delivery of the first six Ares armored personnel carriers to a cavalry regiment stationed in Belfort, Wiltshire. This regiment became the first combat unit to be equipped with the Ajax family equipment.
“Ares” and other variants of armored vehicles from the “Ajax” family should replace the outdated tracked armored vehicles of the CVR (T) family, which have been in service with the British Armed Forces for about 50 years.
As we reported in September 2014, the British Ministry of Defense signed a contract with General Dynamics Land Systems-UK, which was selected by the contractor back in 2010, for the supply of 589 Scout Specialist Vehicle (Scout SV) specialized armored vehicles designed to equip armored cavalry units.
The total value of the agreement was £ 3.5 billion ($ 5.6 billion). In September 2015, the family was renamed Ajax. The equipment will be supplied to the British Army in six versions: armed with a 40-mm cannon of the Ajax combat reconnaissance vehicle (245 vehicles ordered), Ares armored personnel carrier (93 vehicles ordered), Atena command and staff vehicle (112 vehicles ordered), armored the Apollo repair and recovery vehicle (50 vehicles ordered), the Atlas repair vehicle (38 vehicles ordered), the Argus engineering reconnaissance vehicle (51 vehicles ordered).
The UK Buys 500 Boxer 8×8 Armored Vehicles
Last November, the British Ministry of Defense has signed a contract to supply the armed forces of the kingdom of armored personnel carriers GTK Boxer with 8×8 wheel formulas of various modifications.
An agreement worth 2,8 billion pounds has been signed with the European procurement Organization for Cooperation in the field of armaments (Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation – OCCAR). Deliveries of armored personnel carriers will begin in the 2023 year.
The British War Department said that at the first stage, four modifications of the armored personnel carrier will be purchased: a linear armored personnel carrier, command and staff vehicle, a medical vehicle and an armament carrier.
It is planned to equip the BTR Boxer (MIV) at the first stage of four motorized infantry battalions – two in two formed by the new “shock” brigades (Strike Brigade) of the British army.
In total, it is planned to purchase up to 900 armored vehicles with the wheel formula 8×8, while it was previously reported that the contract should provide for the ability to build and export vehicles from the UK, including the complete assembly of Boxer in the UK with at least 60% participation in the production of British industry.
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