Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  

VIDEO: DARPA Demonstrates Tires That Turn into Tank Tracks

Recommended Posts

Some truths are universal. The sky is blue. Grass is green. DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) makes cool stuff. In May, the DoD agency demonstrated the tech in its Ground X-Vehicle Technologies (GXV-T) program at Aberdeen Test Center in Maryland. One nifty invention is the Reconfigurable Wheel-Track (RWT), a set of round tires that convert into triangular tank tracks and back again in two seconds.

DARPA’S RWT & Other Innovations

Developed by a team from the Carnegie Mellon University National Robotics Engineering Center (CMU NREC), the DARPA news release says the RWT allows for better tactical mobility and maneuverability. The video above supports that notion. It shows a Humvee equipped with RWT converting from tires to tracks and back again without slowing down. This allows it to adapt to different terrains on the fly.

In addition to the RWT, the video also demonstrates DARPA’s Virtual Perspectives Augmenting Natural Experience (V-PANE). This system, created by Raytheon BBN Technologies, takes data from vehicle-mounted video and LIDAR cameras to create a real-time 3D model of the vehicle and its surroundings.

Another innovation is Honeywell International’s windowless cockpit. This offers up goggles, a head-tracker and wraparound display screens to provide real-time views of what’s happening outside the vehicle.

Meanwhile, the Electric In-hub Motor puts motors directly inside the wheels. DARPA says this is advantageous for combat vehicles, due to “heightened acceleration and maneuverability with optimal torque, traction, power, and speed over rough or smooth terrain.”

GXV-T Program

The goal of DARPA’s GXV-T program is to boost a combat vehicle’s survivability, mobility and safety without it having to be up-armored, said Maj. Amber Walker, the program manager for GXV-T in DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office.

“We’re looking at how to enhance survivability by buttoning up the cockpit and augmenting the crew through driver-assistance aids,” said Maj. Amber Walker, the program manager for GXV-T in DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office. “For mobility, we’ve taken a radically different approach by avoiding armor and developing options to move quickly and be agile over all terrain.”

Check out the video above to see these options in action.

The post VIDEO: DARPA Demonstrates Tires That Turn into Tank Tracks appeared first on Tactical Life Gun Magazine: Gun News and Gun Reviews.

View the full article

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

Who we are

We are a community of concerned patriots who are not overly confident in the current direction of our society, from the wild political climate to what can be summed up as a lack of morals or a complete void of integrity and pretty much a blatant disregard of respect..... Respect for our past, respect for our future and respect for each other. In order to protect our constitution and life as we know it, we decided to not be the silent majority anymore and pull our selves up by the bootstraps and make the world a better place. This website is to unite people like us, people who want to make a difference ... and do it the right way, Little did we know that in doing so we would create the number one militia community online. Here we are. Enjoy.


We require all members to think before they post. We understand the issues raised on this site may lead to heated debate, but we still require all users to maintain a respectful environment. My Militia website bears no responsibility for the accuracy of anyone's comments and will bear no responsibility or legal liability for any discussion postings. We reserve the right to remove posts without notice, and the right to ban anyone who willfully violates the rules. All content is posted live with no moderation. If you see something that you think shouldn't be here please report it so we can handle it accordingly. Always respect the privacy of others if something is shared with you in a private fashion such as real names, emails or phone numbers. Please keep them private.

Important Information

Your Privacy Is Important To Us Learn More: Privacy Policy