Armored tanks are built to protect, but they weren’t designed to manoeuvre through rough terrain or avoid incoming threats.

New concept vehicles have dropped the extra thick steel padding, allowing future machines to travel over 95 percent of available terrain and with more speed.

Created by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), the Ground X-Vehicle Technology program is working to produce ‘nimble, fast and smart’ combat trucks that are able to shield themselves from enemies and deflect targeted missiles.

‘DARPA’s performers for GXV-T are helping defy the ‘more armor equals better protection’ axiom that has constrained armored ground vehicle design for the past 100 years,’ said Major Christopher Orlowski, DARPA program manager.

DARPA awarded a total of eight contracts to a group of defense contractors and research institutes.

Corporate units include Raytheon, Honeywell International, Ledios, QuinetiQ and Pratt & Miller.

Also in the mix are Carnegie Mellon University, the Southwest Researcher Institute and SRI International.

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Image courtesy of DARPA