Specialists from OSTARA, a Lithuanian company, are attempting to build a fast rough terrain troop transport vehicle with a hybrid propulsion system.

The new vehicle, called the Krampus, is intended to provide secrecy, quick and versatile transportation over demanding terrain in order to meet the light-mobility needs of light infantry and special operations forces.

Krampus will be able to transport a maximum payload of more than 300 kg and up to two infantrymen in support of expeditionary missions. It will offer high higher speeds over rough terrains and, above all, have enemy detection avoidance capabilities.

The Krampus vehicle will be powered by a hybrid power electric motor coupled with high-performance batteries. The batteries are remotely-powered with a type 2 charging bay or inside-mounted diesel generator.

The vehicle has lower acoustic and thermal signatures than internal combustion vehicles; this will substantially increase the security level to the operators. A lower signature will deliver military advantages.

As noted by the company, the hybrid diesel vehicle’s fundamental advantage is an all-encompassing extended range, reduced fuel utilization, and a diesel generator for battery charging that can utilize diesel and JP8 fuel.

Because of its electric drive, the buggy can drive high in the mountains where there isn’t sufficient oxygen for an internal combustion motor, as well as in places where internal combustion engines are hazardous to use, for example, caverns, caves, and so forth. Using only electric power, the cart can drive up to 200 km.