Annex E. International Armaments Strategy
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)

3. Combat Vehicle Electric Drive (Germany)

Description: GE (Magnet Motors) has conducted extensive hybrid electric vehicle technology development and demonstration in the last 10 years. They have attained the state of the art in variable torque Multiple Electronic Permanent Magnet (MED) motors and generators as well as Magnet Dynamic Storage (MDS). GE (Siemens, AEG, Max Plank) is also a world leader in microsystem technology as characterized by a combination of micromechanical and microelectrical components. These technologies will make electric drives smaller, more robust, and more responsive.

Justification: A critical technological ingredient of TARDEC's Tank Mobility Technology STO, is advanced electric drive to include demonstration of advanced motor and generator configurations and advanced high power switching devices.

Implementation: In the near term, Army testing of the latest generation of MED motors is planned in conjunction with GE industry. There is an existing agreement in this technology area with Germany which could potentially expedite implementation of a specific program. The agreement provides for the exchange of information to include studies of possibilities, concepts, and developments in the following areas:

- Internal combustion engines (reciprocating engines and gas turbines)
- Transmission systems
- Air filters (commercial and special designs)

Inquiries regarding cooperative projects and arrangements in this area should be directed to the AMC POCs identified below.


Dr. Rodney Smith
Army Materiel Command
5001 Eisenhower Blvd.
Alexandria, VA 22333-0001
e-mail: [email protected]


Mr. William Lowe
U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command
Warren, MI 48397-5000
e-mail: [email protected]