In that framework BAE Systems launched the Future Protected Vehicle
study, with the aim of addressing two main issues: the high number of casualties related to convoy attacks in Afghanistan (over 80% of all American casualties), and the high cost of fuel on the front line (15 to 50 times higher there due to the cost of logistics).
The Future Protected Vehicle programme, conducted by a BAE Systems led team, highlighted new technologies and concepts which can be used to boost the effectiveness of lightweight armoured vehicles.
BAE Systems accessed a broad range of expertise during the Future Protected Vehicle study encompassing academic institutions, small and medium enterprise and dedicated research organisations.
The future protected vehicle
programme being developed by BAE Systems aims to highlight both short and long-term technologies and concepts, which can be used to boost the effectiveness of lightweight armoured vehicles, and will be a key highlight of the Innovation Zone.
According to technology blog The Engineer, project leader Hisham Awad, who heads BAE System's future protected vehicles group, liked a fighting tank the Caped Crusader drives in the latest Batman movies so much that his group used it into one of its latest concepts.
In addition to the Batman-inspired vehicle, the future protected vehicles group introduced six other concepts.