The vehicle would be 900 lbs lighter than traditional Humvees, allowing for better gas mileage and more opportunities for armor without compromising the design of the vehicle. Current Humvees are not designed to be defensible against explosives, and so armor must be added. But the armor slows the vehicles, and they ride lower, making them even more susceptible to explosives.
The composite materials currently being tested are a combination of fiberglass, wood, foam, and carbon supports held together with resin. This is the kind of research the Army should be doing. Let's hope this ends up in the private sector too. It'd be nice to see a fuel-efficient America...as well as a safer Iraq.
Via Army Times
I don't think the army's looking at the
written by weee, September 20, 2007
written by LCPL Davis, Branden, September 26, 2007
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