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02 Nov 10. DRS Technologies, a Finmeccanica Company, is a leading defense technology company that offers land, sea and air solutions to military forces and intelligence agencies worldwide, announce a partnership between its Test and Energy Management business unit and Allison Transmission, Inc. (ATI) – a premier manufacturer of hybrid propulsion systems and commercial-duty fully automatic transmissions for civil and military applications, to provide On-Board Vehicle Power (OBVP) on a variety of military platforms. The introduction of more electronic devices and systems has resulted in a dramatic growth in the military’s on-board vehicle electrical power requirements. The DRS/ATI OBVP system provides a solution to support the military’s electrical power needs answering the demand for additional power and providing high performing, reliable, and cost effective means of on-board power generation. This collaboration brings state-of-the-art technology to the warfighter by delivering advanced power train technology along with the on-board power needed to enable crew survivability and force protection. Both ATI and DRS have a long history of supporting the warfighter and together have designed, developed, and produced the Transmission Integral Generator (TIG) to provide soldiers the electrical power necessary to enable technological capabilities that maintain and enhance superiority in combat. The OBVP utilizes a Transmission Integral Generator with power producing capabilities ranging from 30kW to more than 125kW. It provides a solution that can be installed on the existing military vehicle fleet without vehicle redesign. This solution will reduce the need for complex power switching strategies by providing service men and women with the electrical power needed for critical systems.
LTG (R) Jerry Sinn, President, DRS Technologies Tactical Systems Group: “The call for mobile electric power has increased and DRS’ OBVP will help satisfy the growing need for this demand of power anywhere the vehicle can travel. DRS and ATI have the same purpose: To provide power needed for mission success.”
Lawrence E. Dewey, Chairman and CEO, Allison Transmission, Inc.: “The current lack of sufficient electrical power on some military vehicles is leading the military to develop power switching strategies which ensure that critical on-board vehicle systems receive the necessary power when required. Our collaboration with DRS Technologies and the team’s joint development of the OBVP system will eliminate electrical power shortages on military support and fighting vehicles.”
BATTLESPACE Comment: The U.K. MoD took a look at this technology in 2009 mounted on a Land Rover for battery charging purposes. Perhaps with the announcement above and new refinements in the technology, they will take another look?
03 Nov 10. Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) announced its success in delivering approximately 17,000 vehicles to U.S. and Canadian customers in the past quarter.
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