When an Air Force fighter jet or bomber closes in on a high-value target area, poised for attack, or an Army ground unit moves to contact with an enemy, success or failure of a given high-risk mission can often hang in the balance of what can be described in two words – satellite networking.
A sufficiently hardened, multi-directional signal can ensure that pilots quickly receive target coordinates, navigational details, or sensitive threat information of great relevance to the mission. Should target accuracy be compromised, signal fidelity jammed, or flight path compromised by threats from unanticipated directions, mission objectives can of course be destroyed and lives are put at risk.
Given this, high-throughput, multi-frequency, multi-directional antennas, coupled with secure “meshed” networking between satellites, are considered crucial to war planners looking to favor success in missions by increasing the strength and speed of space connectivity.
A German firm just unveiled an all-electric prototype infantry fighting vehicle. It could represent the future of battlefield mobility.
The German firm Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft recently showcased one of their newest vehicles. Their Genesis, an eight-wheeled all-wheel-drive infantry fighting vehicle is just a technology demonstrator, not intended to enter full general production. The technology it is demonstrating? Alternative fuels.
In comments given to Jane’s, one of the Genesis program managers explained why the Genesis took the form it has now, saying that the Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft “settled on an 8×8 in the forty-ton class as there are many out there, however, Genesis is mainly a technology demonstrator for alternative propulsion concepts.”
The Genesis benefits from having a hybrid-electric drive system. Lithium-ion batteries power each wheel, all eight of which can be individually steered, accelerated, or braked, giving the Genesis exceptional off-road handling, according to the manufacturer, FFG.