2012 AUSA ANNUAL MEETING & EXPOSITION

The 2012 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual…

The 2012 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting & Exposition held in late October at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., provided industry representatives from around the world with an opportunity to highlight some of their latest technologies in support of land force operations.

Medium Assault Vehicle–Light

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While some manufacturers focused on enhanced levels of armor protection, others focused on new levels of vehicle mobility. Northrop Grumman formally unveiled the medium assault vehicle–light (MAV-L). Developed in conjunction with BAE Systems and Pratt & Miller Engineering, the MAV-L is the latest of six candidates acknowledged to be competing for the USSOCOM Ground Mobility Vehicle (GMV) 1.1 program. The vehicle is transportable inside an MH/CH-47 series helicopter and features 18 inches of wheel travel in front and 20 inches in the rear. Along with top speed capabilities over 80 miles per hour (mph) on paved roads and 60 mph cross-country, the MAV-L has multiple features designed to satisfy current special operations shortfalls in long-range surveillance and airfield seizure mission requirements.

Stryker + Tr Armored Vehicle

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One eye-catching exhibit was the initial-concept “Tracked Stryker” medium-weight armored vehicle. Developed by General Dynamics Land Systems and dubbed the “Stryker + Tr,” the new vehicle design uses a slightly modified version of the latest high-survivability Stryker Double-V Hull and replaces the traditional eight-wheel drive system with a new tracked propulsion design. Company representatives said that the concept vehicle was developed in a five-month period to demonstrate a medium-weight armored vehicle capable of meeting an anticipated tracked-platform requirement for the Army’s emerging armored multi-purpose vehicle (AMPV) effort, which will replace the Army’s aging fleet of M113 series vehicles.

Hybrid Ground Combat Vehicle

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BAE Systems spotlighted its ongoing efforts as one of two engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) contractors for the next-gen ground combat vehicle (GCV). This is definitely not your grandmother’s Prius: The company’s hybrid electric design is a radically new approach to combat propulsion systems. Designers emphasized that the hybrid electric design is not just a propulsion system but actually represents “a system solution for a combat vehicle” offering flexibility in the placement of components and in the propulsion system’s design; electrical power generation; and storage to facilitate the integration of future and more advanced technologies.

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