Hybrid-Electric Engines for Military Vehicles, Aircraft
U.S. Army researchers have selected the University of Wisconsin to lead a research effort to develop hybrid-electric engines for the service’s future aircraft and ground vehicles.
The Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory, or ARL, at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, awarded an $11.5 million contract to the university for the research effort, which will begin this fall. Part of the effort will focus on novel oil-less bearing technology that could result in new, lightweight compact electric generators using exhaust waste energy, according to an ARL news release.
This year, Army modernization officials expressed interest in electric-powered vehicles and directed ground maneuver officials at Fort Benning, Georgia, to develop requirements for equipping the service’s tactical and combat vehicles with electric engines.
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