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The US Military has revealed a look at a radical new 'ultra survivable' future combat vehicle.
The secretive DARPA X-Vehicle project is designed to protect troops, and allow them to go almost anywhere.
Wheels - Tires - Tracks - Push - Button
It features radical wheels that can convert from tires to tank tracks at the push of a button.
DARPA says the aim of the project, officially known as the Ground X-Vehicle Technologies (GXV-T) program is to ''improve mobility, survivability, safety, and effectiveness of future combat vehicles without piling on armor.'
Survivability - Cockpit - Crew - Driver-assistance - Aids
'We're looking at how to enhance survivability by buttoning up the cockpit and augmenting the crew through driver-assistance aids,' said Maj. Amber Walker, the program manager for GXV-T in DARPA's Tactical Technology Office.
'For mobility, we've taken a radically different approach by avoiding armor and developing options to move quickly and be agile over all terrain.'
Agency - Contracts - Develop - Technology - Need
The agency has awarded several contracts the develop the technology need for the vehicle.
Several Phase 2 contract awardees recently demonstrated advances on a variety of potentially groundbreaking technologies to meet the program's goals.
Carneguie - Mellon - Shape - Changing - Wheels
Carneguie Mellon's shape changing wheels allow their shape to be changed.
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