WASHINGTON – The manufacturer of the popular military vehicle HMMWV, known as Humvee – AM General – has announced a strategic cooperation agreement with the British defense company QinetiQ to develop electrification technology for military vehicles, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned, citing the Defense Blog.
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According to the company, the partnership is creating a hybrid concept for a Humvee mobile car to demonstrate the viability of electrified military ground vehicles.
It is noted that the team has now created two fully interactive models of Humvee armored vehicles with the effect of a virtual reality presence, which demonstrates how the innovative QinetiQ electric drive technology integrates with minimal interference in the design of the vehicle.
The electric motors are powered by battery cables that can be placed anywhere in the car. The hybrid electric drive system will allow vehicles to overcome more dangerous landscapes, as well as minimize the car’s acoustic and thermal characteristics. In addition, such a car will provide 30% lower fuel consumption and increase the working range of the car.
The ‘Chinese’ Humvee
The third-generation Chinese tactical vehicle Dongfeng Mengshi is already in series production and surpasses the American flagship Humvee in this market niche, claims the Chinese central television on August 3, 2021.
According to the Chinese, the third-generation tactical car Dongfeng Mengshi has upgraded and improved the technical capabilities of the first and second versions of the car and even has more than the American built-in armor plates.
Dongfeng Mengshi is already in series production because he has proven himself in recent years on the battlefield [most likely on the Indo-Chinese border – ed.] Says in his report the Global Times. According to Liu Xuanzun, Dongfeng Mengshi will be used not only as a tactical vehicle but also as a mobile carrier for Chinese howitzers, missiles, and other weapons.
Liu Xuanzun says that the third generation tactical vehicle Dongfeng Mengshi, in addition to an excellent built-in armor plate, differs from its predecessors with better communication technology, navigation system, and firepower.
Chen Lei, a senior engineer at the manufacturing company, says the new vehicle also has very good speed, regardless of the size and weight of the load it carries, and this is thanks to new, advanced technologies.
In addition to future military operations, Dongfeng Mengshi is expected to be used to patrol and guard China’s large land border, as well as to deal with future natural disasters or civilian evacuations. The military purpose of the car is related to reconnaissance and combat missions, and for this purpose, it is armed with various weapon stations and automatic machine guns, grenade launchers, and others.
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