DefenseTech’s Hybrid Reality Check
DID has covered Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Targeting Vehicle (RST-V) Shadow hybrid vehicle, a V-22 Osprey-transportable vehicle that could fulfill scout and jeep-type roles. The Marines are interested, and the Canadian military’s LARV (Light Armored Reconaissance Vehicle) program may be interested as well.
DefenseTech reports, however, that fielding these systems may prove to be quite a challenge, noting that military diesel-electric hybrids are no closer to mass production than they were five years ago. “Right now we don’t have a hybrid-electric vehicle targeting fielding,” says Gus Khalil, director of the Army’s hybrid research.