Pentagon Wants Invisible Armored Truck That Can Drive Itself

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Artist conception of what the next generation of armored vehicles might look like. (Courtesy: DARPA)

Artist conception of what the next generation of armored vehicles might look like. (Courtesy: DARPA)

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WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – The military is looking to develop stealth technology for tanks and other armored vehicles, reports Live Science.

And with a little drone technology thrown in, they could drive themselves.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the branch of the Pentagon tasked with developing new technologies for the military, has released its wish list for the next generation of military vehicles.

The new ground X-vehicle (GXV-T) program is designed to take much of the armor out of the armored vehicle.

“GXV-T’s goal is not just to improve or replace one particular vehicle, it’s about breaking the ‘more armor’ paradigm and revolutionizing protection for all armored fighting vehicles,” said Kevin Massey, a program manager for DARPA.

The new paradigm is based on two principles: a moving target is harder to hit and you can’t hit what you can’t see.

“We plan to pursue groundbreaking, fundamental research and development to make future armored fighting vehicles significantly more mobile, effective, safe and affordable,” Massey said.

To win the right to produce the GXV-T for the military, defense contractors must come up with a vehicle that is smaller and lighter by 50 percent. The prototype must be able to travel at twice the speed of today’s fastest armored vehicles and be able to handle just about every terrain condition.

DARPA is also quite keen that the GXV-T reduce noise and heat…signals that can attract enemy attention.

Massey said the agency was inspired by the progress being made for the next generation of drone aircraft and hoped to transfer some of the technology to a ground vehicle.

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