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DARPA/USA ARMY New combat systems programme

Castings Technology International : 21 May, 2004  (New Product)
As part of the jointly funded Future Combat Systems program, the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency and the US Army has unveiled a prototype Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle. A team, led by Carnegie Mellon University and comprising Boeing, PEI Electronics and Timoney Technology is developing the six tonne vehicle. The vehicle is highly mobile and can achieve a low profile to reduce detectability. It is capable of tolerating severe events such as rollovers. Advanced, hybrid electric power systems provide extended 'silent watch' and motion, as well as facilitating unique packaging strategies for payloads in excess of 1500 kilos.
As part of the jointly funded Future Combat Systems program, the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency and the US Army has unveiled a prototype Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle.

A team, led by Carnegie Mellon University and comprising Boeing, PEI Electronics and Timoney Technology is developing the six tonne vehicle. The vehicle is highly mobile and can achieve a low profile to reduce detectability. It is capable of tolerating severe events such as rollovers. Advanced, hybrid electric power systems provide extended 'silent watch' and motion, as well as facilitating unique packaging strategies for payloads in excess of 1500 kilos.

Timoney Technology are manufacturers of the vehicle's unique invertible suspension and wheel drive units.

Cti's expertise in the area of casting design, prototyping and rapid manufacture is critical for the success of the project.

The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency is the central research and development organization for the US Department of Defence. It manages and directs selected research and development projects from the demonstration of technical feasibility through to the development of prototype systems. DARPA, pursues research and technology where risk and payoff are both very high and where success may provide dramatic advances for traditional military roles and missions.
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