Renk Group to demonstrate hybrid powerpack technology in 2022

by Sonny Butterworth

The Renk Group is planning to demonstrate a hybrid powerpack by the end of 2022, Janes has learnt.

Speaking at Eurosatory 2022 defence exhibition in Paris, Michael Masur, head of Renk Group's Vehicle Mobility Solutions division, explained that Renk is developing hybrid powerpacks for armoured vehicles in the US and Germany. These powerpacks involve fitting Renk's proven HSWL 256 transmission with a module that is expected to enable it to generate up to 250 kW of continuous exportable energy. This module could be retrofitted to existing HSWL 256 transmissions and used as the basis for next-generation propulsion systems.

According to Ted Trzesniowski, CEO of Renk America, the hybrid powerpacks will be “mild hybrids” focused on meeting demands for offboard power generation rather than providing full-electric drive. Trzesniowski spoke of a “modernisation path” for the hybrid powerpacks that will enable Renk to scale the system to provide more or less exportable power depending on customer requirements and the constraints of the host platform.

When asked about the company's interest in the US Army's Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV), Trzesniowski emphasised that they remained open to co-operation with the five prime contractors competing for the programme and are looking to provide their scalable hybrid solutions to the competitors. Trzesniowski also noted that Renk Germany was in the process of transitioning the manufacture of some systems into Renk America, including the HSWL 256 transmission and its hybrid capabilities, in the hope that this will make the company's German products a more attractive choice for the US programmes.

Janes also understands that Renk Group is undertaking parallel work to develop hybrid powerpacks that would be suitable for the next generation of main battle tanks (MBTs), such as the Franco-German Main Ground Combat System.

USMC CH-53E marks first transport of JLTV to ship and back to shore

by Gillian Rich

A US Marine CH-53E Super Stallion carries a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle to USS Miguel Keith (ESB 5) in the Philippine Sea. (Lance Cpl. Christopher England)

The US Marine Corps (USMC) used a Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion heavy-lift helicopter to transport a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) to a ship and back to shore for the first time.

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US Army outfitting Infantry Squad Vehicle with 20 kW laser, DE M-SHORAD deliveries forthcoming

by Ashley Roque

US Army infantry soldiers secure their rucks in the cargo netting on the roof of the ISV after it was airdropped at Fort Bragg during operational testing. The service announced it will outfit the ISV with a 20 kW-class laser to down unmanned aerial systems. (US Department of Defense)

The US Army is integrating a 20 kW-class laser weapon system into its new Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV) to help soldiers down smaller unmanned aerial systems (UASs), according to the director of the service's Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office Lieutenant General Neil Thurgood.

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Australia advances 'battlefield electrification' capability with new Bushmaster prototype

by Jon Grevatt

Australia's new Bushmaster ePMV is pictured above after being unveiled at the Chief of Army Symposium 2022 in Adelaide. In the background is a Bushmaster ePMV fitted with ruggedised solar panels. (Commonwealth of Australia)

The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has unveiled the Bushmaster electric protected military vehicle (ePMV) reflecting an effort, it said, to ensure the Australian Army is ‘future ready'. The prototype was showcased on 10 August at the Chief of Army Symposium, a three-day event in Adelaide.

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