We've also harnessed the electric drives from the NLOS-C
, which are faster than the hydraulic drives used in the existing fleet," Furber said.
Technologies that would have been included in the now cancelled NLOS-C
program are among those that will migrate to the new Paladin.
The drive system for the NLOS-C
is hybrid-electric and contains a diesel engine that powers a generator, which charges batteries that in turn power the electric motors that drive the rubber tracks.
A total of eight NLOS-C
prototypes will be produced between 2008 and 2009.
BAE announced last year it will build a 150,000 square-foot production facility for the NLOS-C
in Elgin, Okla.
The 155mm cannon intended for use in the NLOS-C
is currently undergoing test and evaluation.
is much different than all the other combat vehicles produced by the Army thus far.
is an integral part of the Army's Future Combat Systems (FCS) Program and one of eight Manned Ground Vehicles being developed for FCS.
CTD, which features a fully-automated Zone 4, 38-caliber, 155-mm howitzer, fired six four-round MRSI (pronounced "mercy") missions.
The lighter-weight 38-caliber length tube replaces the CTD's 39-caliber length tube which fired more than 1,193 rounds on the NLOS-C
CTD system since August 2003.
has been identified by the Army as critical and integral to the FCS-equipped Units of Action.
The development schedule for FCS calls for the first NLOS-C
Increment 0 prototype to be delivered by 2008.