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Whether you’re interested in trucks, tanks, motorcycles, armored vehicles, or Atvs, 2017 was a great year, with lots of incredible machines.
And it was a year in which many of the out-of-the-box advances – some even say shocking – were revealed.
Where do we find these insider machines? Throughout the year, I comb through the massive defense events around the world, where the best companies showcase their latest and greatest — and where the military and special operations window.
I also meet with military and private sector innovators to closely assess the vehicles and put them through their paces.
Eye-catching category, it will be difficult to surpass is the military’s announcement that they have figured out how to use urine as a fuel for vehicles in war zones.
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Small tanks with virtual reality, snow motorcycles and quiet engines that run on anything from BBQ propane jet fuel were three of the most exciting of this year.
Popular vehicles used on unpaved roads and off-road, such as Atvs and trucks, were transformed into futuristic combat machines. Two of the most notable were the “thinking” self-moving robot Polaris MRZR and the Army of the custom Chevy Chevrolet truck is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell.
And who wouldn’t want a car pimped with a powerful laser mounted on top?
Here are six of our favourite vehicle stories of the year. You want to drive one.
Urine fuel for combat vehicles
In one of the most jaw-dropping breakthroughs of 2017, the Army announced it has discovered a way to use urine to power devices that they need on the move.
In other words, soldiers in war zones can be using their own urine to produce electricity and to power everything from drones and night vision devices to laptops and communications equipment – and even potentially combat vehicles.
Can this urine discovery reduce of the extreme load of a soldier wearing? Would the power whole bases? How would the urine to deliver fuel to the combat vehicles? You will get the full scoop here: [Will the combat vehicles will make use of the urine for fuel? ]
The jet fuel bike
Speaking of a surprisingly fuel, another big hit of this year in the secret tactical space is the SilentHawk motorcycle on a surprising choice of fuel, of the local tidy propane or jet fuel, in a war zone. With these geniuses, one day even products that you would find on a kitchen shelf with fuel.
The bike is remarkable. The very impressive SilentHawk ─ a hybrid, electric, two-wheel drive all-terrain vehicle ─ handles very rough terrain very well, and it can also be almost completely silent.
Find out everything about the ground-breaking bike and how special operations can use them to deliver large advantages on missions. [AUSA 2017: 4 great vehicles at the show this year]
Snow bikes for snow force majeure
Perhaps providing much more tactical than snowmobiles, the Timbersleds are one of the hottest vehicles at every major defense weapons show this year.
Timbersled tech transforms engines in special operations snow bikes for winter warfare and mountain fighting. A Timbersled modified bike excels not only on hard-pack and trails, but also the deep snow in the most remote areas.
And the good news is that this amazing tech is now available for citizens to have a blast to rip on the slopes.
How does it work? More information about this cool tech converting your favorite dirt bike for the Jason Bourne-style snow for the supremacy. Read all about it here: Cool tech put dirt bikes for the Jason Bourne-like snow supremacy]
Stealthy, spec ops Chevy trucks
US Army TARDEC well known tank experts and General Motors together exploring a new method of the ability for the Army vehicles that could deliver virtually silent operation and difficult-to-detect heat signatures.
It is based on a Chevrolet Colorado truck driving on unpaved roads and off-road anywhere in America — but with a lot of changes for military purposes.
This new General Motors prototype, known as the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2, does not work on gas, but on hydrogen fuel cells.
How else is it different than a typical Chevrolet Colorado? Discover it here: AUSA 2017: Stealthy Chevy trucks for soldiers?
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tank and part ATV … Future U.S. military tanks to be able to look and perform nothing like they do today.
DARPA on the Ground X-Vehicle Technology program (GXV-T) initiative will lead to a whole new era of tanks and armored fighting vehicles.
How are we different? The smaller size is just the beginning. This futuristic tanks have no windows and instead seal the soldiers in a closed cockpit to better protect against threats.
In a major breakthrough, they have proven this pioneering way of driving is possible this year.
But how could they see the battlefield around them without windows? Honeywell smart augmented and virtual reality.
How does virtual reality allow you to “see” and how would it be to drive? Discover it here: Powerful small tanks with VR and futuristic cockpit can be a revolution on the battlefield
Robots will soon be serving alongside soldiers in the AMERICAN Army, but not the kind of humanoid robots seen in “Terminator” — these robots can be more like “thought” Atv’s.
The U.S. Army launched a revolutionary SMET initiative that aims to create “thinking,” “smart” car of the brigades.
One of the top contenders for the selection by the Army is the mysterious MRZR-X made by Polaris Defense, the company that dominates downrange Atv’s.
So what can we expect from the under-wraps MRZR-X can do? Find out everything you need to know about this military ATV that can “think” and the drive itself. AUSA 2017: This military ATV can ‘think’ and drive themselves
Armored vehicles with laser weapons
Oshkosh, celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, so the presence on the top defense shows was epic.
There is no question of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) armed with a Boeing Compact Laser Weapon System (CLWS) was one of the most exciting vehicles on display at AUSA.
It’s hard to beat an advanced armored vehicle was regularly responsible for the saving of the American combatants living in war zones, now reinforced with a powerful laser weapon. Who would not want to go away and shine?
What are the other incredible features? Find out everything you need to know clicking here: AUSA 2017: 4 great vehicles at the show this year
Allison Barrie is a defense specialist with experience in more than 70 countries, who recommends the highest level of defence and national security, a lawyer with four postgraduate degrees, and author of the definitive guide, Future Weapons: Access Granted, to purchase, in 30 countries. Barrie hosts the new hit podcast “Tactical Talk”, where she gives listeners a direct access to the most fascinating of the Special Operations warriors each week and to learn more about the FOX Firepower host and columnist, click here or follow her on Twitter @allison_barrie and Instagram @allisonbarriehq.