QinetiQ and UK MoD agency Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) are showcasing a scale model of their new Mobility Test Rig (MTR) technology at DSEI 2021.
The wheeled 8×8 MTR is designed to be lighter, faster, more agile and more fuel-efficient than the current slow moving, heavy tracked armoured vehicles. It is designed to operate at very high tempo, and have increased survivability through agility, terrain access and tactical manoeuvrability.
The MTR on display at the event has fully articulating suspension, QinetiQ electric drive, advanced multi-wheel steer and wheel traction control. The final stage of fitting sensors and implementing the full active suspension capability will take place after the event.
The MTR has been presented to the British Army and plans are being discussed to fully exploit the potential of the technology for near term platforms and in the longer for concepts that are starting to be explored as part of Project Mercury.
“Two years ago we announced this joint research programme,” said Mike Sewart, CTO at QinetiQ. “Through a highly focussed programme of innovation, implemented with a clear outcome in mind, we have, alongside a strong ecosystem of partners, designed this demonstrator in just 24 months to showcase how electric drive is a key enabler for future armoured wheeled vehicle success in land environments.”
“This project is not just about improving the off road mobility of wheeled platforms but has the potential to transform how future armoured vehicles are designed and used,” said William Suttie, the Dstl technical lead. “The ability to move quickly and safely across all types of terrain and provide a stable platform so the crew can operate effectively on the move will enhance tempo and operational freedoms and contribute significantly to survivability.”
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