Alcoa Defense joins the Army FED project

  • 04-Mar-2010 06:32 EST
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The technologies featured in the U.S. Army’s FED vehicle—being developed by TARDEC, Ricardo, and Alcoa Defense—may eventually become adopted by industry to enhance fuel efficiency in next-generation tactical wheeled vehicles.

Alcoa has been appointed by the U.S. Army Tank Automotive, Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) to collaborate on the Army’s Fuel-Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator (FED) project. In partnership with Ricardo Inc., Alcoa Defense will produce a tactical wheeled vehicle structure with the aim of significantly improving fuel efficiency while maintaining survivability, performance, and payload capability. Alcoa Defense was selected for the project because of its expertise in structures engineering, which maximizes the use of light alloys such as aluminum and titanium, said the company’s President, Dave Dobson. It will design and build the vehicle’s chassis and cab structures. The finished prototype is expected to debut in October at the 2010 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) show in Washington, D.C.

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