Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Akrep IIe hybrid electric armored vehicle

via Army Recognition.
Akrep IIe is a technology demonstrator, which is equipped with an innovative electric-based power and propulsion solution that consists of a highly efficient and powerful electric motor, advanced battery pack and smart power control algorithm. Low silhouette, reduced size and weight, increased mobility and swiftness, decreased levels of acoustic and thermal signature are other contributing factors of AKREP IIe’s innovative electric-based power and propulsion solution.

Akrep II can be equipped with alternative power plants (electric, diesel and hybrid). The fully electric variant of Akrep II, which was on display at IDEF 2019 in Abu Dhabi, is a technology demonstrator with a powerful electric motor integrated to the axles and advanced battery pack. With electric power source at the heart of its design, Akrep IIe is extremely agile with increased mobility and swiftness. Capable of running at a considerably low level of acoustic and thermal signature, the vehicle is suited to be an excellent choice for conducting stealthy military operations. The four-wheel drive and steerable axles (optional) give the vehicle superior maneuverability, a bit like on Arquus’ Scarabee. Thanks to high payload capability, medium-caliber turrets up to 90mm can be integrated. Akrep II can also be configured for various types of weapon platforms for quick reaction, reconnaissance and surveillance missions, base/air defense missions, and other similar tasks.
Story here. 

Turk defense industry.  You can despise their leader (as they probably do our own) but you have to like what they're doing.

My issue?

This is a no-brainer yet we haven't seen any movement toward a hybrid diesel-electric engine.

The awesomeness of such an engine would be a big deal.  Logistics would be lessened...especially for our expeditionary (Marine Corps) and rapid deployment forces (82nd & Rangers).

The JLTV would be quieter and quicker.  The ACV would be able to run longer.

The shift in mounted combat would be extreme.

But for some reason we haven't pulled the trigger on this tech even though we've seen it in civilian automobiles for at least a decade now (rough guess...don't hold me to it).

Consider it a missed opportunity.

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