Hybrid created by programmke Pentagon "combat machine Corps of the future. " The main requirements applets:
— Capacity standard office — 12 people;
— speed on the road — not less than 48 km / h;
— very protected from the various arms.
Based on the requirements put forward in «BAE Systems» BMP came more similar to tank:
— Length — 8.6 meters;
— width — 4.5 m;
— height — 3.2 meters.
To ensure the smooth running of the machine it provided a hydropneumatic suspension. Armament few obscenities — automatic 25-mm cannon and machine gun, coupled with the gun. The sides of cars were spaced armor — "skirt". Control — 8-cylinder turbodiesel «Cummins» increased power. Quite the highest pressure machine came to the ground in some places 1.04, but knowing the Yankees, who are trying to fight a war with no bad roads, it's not so much. The main innovation — E-X-DRIVE. Totality of the battery pack and regenerative mechanical device. RMU — according to some reports, something like the upgraded flywheel. The batteries were not disclosed, it may be, will be a lithium-iron. Mass e-X-DRIVE — 0.9 tons, full volume — 0.45 cubic meters.
According to the stated requirements, it is unlikely to succeed "light" infantry fighting vehicles. Because control and modern machinery will be comparable with that of control tank. At this point, the South American tanks use engines that are perfectly perceptible by infrared solutions. And now the Pentagon has requested from the newest machines significantly reduce the infrared signature. The designers of the English company found a solution — E-X-DRIVE. Progress on electric power will give a suitable BMP stealth black-hours a day. And economical engine with low fuel tank will enable the BMP pass 300 km. Although it is relatively few, but the experience of implementing BMPs in the modern theater of war has shown that this is quite enough. According to the developers is one of the purposes of the BMP — inhibition of various disorders. Under this concept at this point, you can take virtually any military conflict. The engine is a hybrid type, installed in the BMP, the sun is supposed to support the United States to seriously reduce the "gasoline dependence." On this day, on the 1st U.S. military spent about 82 liters. gasoline. This means that the group of forces in the Middle East over year spends three hundred thousand cubic meters of gas. A possible military conflict with Iran could greatly exacerbate the situation, to increment the costs of providing military company.
As reported by «BAE Systems», brand new machine will consume 20 percent less fuel than its predecessor, "Bradley". Reduced load on the control units and boxes, as a result of hybridity, increment the run to overhaul 30 percent. Generators machines can be used as needed as an additional unit to connect the electrical field criteria. The platform is being developed as a universal machine, based on it can be done, the assurances of the designers, and armored personnel carriers, and even tank.
Wide-format machine tests are scheduled for the spring of this year. It seems to have been no teaching, BMP newcomer should go to mass production for the U.S. infantry units and perhaps other members of NATO in 2018. And although the company has competitors with their projects, it seems that the Pentagon favors of this particular car: in 2011 on this machine on their part were heard nothing but great reviews.