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U.S. Army authorizes vehicle demonstrator

Oct. 22, 2010 at 6:05 AM
GREENBELT, Md., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army authorized World Technical Services Inc. to build a fuel-efficient light tactical vehicle demonstrator after reviewing and approving WTI's design.

The company said design modeling and simulation was performed collaboratively between it and the Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center and that engineers indicated the design is aerodynamically efficient and will exceed the Army's fuel efficiency expectations.

"As TARDEC's partner, WTSI is committed to being an integral part of this cutting-edge technology to deliver a significant increase in vehicle fuel efficiency to support our forces in the field," said WTSI President William Sample. "It's important to demonstrate innovation and perform our engineering work with exceptional rigor, attention to detail and depth of analysis as we address the need for improved fuel efficiency."

A primary feature of the vehicle is a road-coupled, parallel diesel-electric propulsion system that significantly improves fuel efficiency.

The fully operational demonstrator is scheduled for delivery by October 2011.

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