BAE Systems Completes 2,000 Miles of Hybrid GCV Mobility Testing Ahead of Schedule

  BAE Systems Completes 2,000 Miles of Hybrid GCV Mobility Testing Ahead of
  Schedule

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- August 26, 2013

BAE Systems’ Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) Hybrid Electric Drive (HED) system
successfully completed 2,000 miles of testing on a fully integrated “Hotbuck”
mobility platform, a significant milestone for the U.S. Army’s GCV program.
The Hotbuck is a stationary, state-of-the-art test stand that simulates
real-life environments and terrain and puts actual miles on the HED system.
Under BAE Systems’ own rigorous timeline, the testing was completed four
months ahead of schedule.

BAE Systems' Ground Combat Vehicle Hybrid Electric Drive system successfully
completed 2,000 miles o ...

BAE Systems' Ground Combat Vehicle Hybrid Electric Drive system successfully
completed 2,000 miles of testing on a fully integrated "Hotbuck" mobility
platform. (Photo: BAE Systems)

“This testing achievement is a significant advancement in the overall GCV
program. With actual hardware to show, this puts the BAE Systems team ahead of
schedule both now and in the next phase of the program, saving the customer
development time and money,” said Mark Signorelli, vice president and general
manager of Armored Combat Systems at BAE Systems. “Our primary objective was
to test our hybrid electric technology over time against realistic
environments, and the successful completion of the testing is a testament to
the quality and maturity of the technology.”

Developing and testing actual hardware was not a program requirement for the
Technology Development (TD) phase, but BAE Systems chose to take the
initiative to demonstrate the fuel efficiency and performance of a hybrid
system for the Army’s next infantry fighting vehicle.

The Hotbuck integrates HED components that will be used in BAE Systems’ GCV
offering including the traction drive system, thermal systems, engines,
generators, controllers and software. Conducted at the BAE Systems Santa
Clara, California facility, the 2,000-mile advanced testing precisely
replicated conditions at two well-known military test tracks. The results of
the tests further validated the performance, efficiency and maturity of the
HED technology applied in BAE Systems’ GCV design, marking a significant
milestone for the TD phase of the program.

The HED system in BAE System’s GCV offering will contribute to: the
availability of high torque at any ground speed resulting in greater agility,
greater acceleration and maneuverability than a comparable mechanical system;
up to 20 percent less fuel consumption than a conventionally powered GCV,
reducing overall costs and the number of fuel convoys; availability of
electrical power to incorporate new battlefield technology for the next 30 to
40 years; and 40 percent fewer parts than a comparable mechanical drive
system, requiring less maintenance and decreasing vehicle lifetime cost.

BAE Systems was awarded a contract for the TD phase of the GCV program in
August 2011. TD phase work is scheduled to be complete by June 2014.

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Contact:

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Stephanie Bissell Serkhoshian, 703-907-8244
Mobile: 703-865-7891
stephanie.serkhoshian@baesystems.com
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