"Hummer" served his: now for the US Army created a new jeep




A little less than thirty years in the American army served the legendary armored car "Hummer." Now he is being replaced by an economical army FED Alpha SUV.

The Department of armored and automotive vehicles of the US Department of Defense signed an agreement with the British company Ricardo to design and conduct field tests of the military small-sized off-road vehicle FED Alpha.



Representatives of the company "Ricardo" say that the armored car has already passed all previously scheduled tests and in the near future will be able to enter into service with the US Army. Best of all, “FED Alpha” is adapted for military operations in the city, because it has excellent maneuverability. The new SUV can be seen live at the annual exhibition of military equipment in Washington from 10 to October 12.

In July of this year, the creators of the SUV showed it to the Pentagon’s military officials for two days. A little later, “FED Alpha” was tested at the Aberdeen test site (Maryland). According to the test results, the armored car was rated quite high. The project is called “FED” (Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator). The developers claim that this car is designed for several purposes. First of all (judging by the name) - this is an increase in fuel economy in battle, as well as a decrease in the dependence of the US Army on oil supplies.



The next step for the FED Alpha armored car will be its full test in combat conditions. He will take part in a wide variety of combat testing, namely, in escort, urban battles and local battles on rough terrain, and so on.

Structural features of the car are as follows: most of the body is made of aluminum. The developers did not forget about the auxiliary elements that improve body rigidity. The main emphasis is placed primarily on the efficiency of the armored car. FED Alpha is equipped with a Cummins diesel turbo engine. Gearbox - six-speed and automatic. In the transmission there are specially designed elements for this purpose, which together with the coating on the gears are required to reduce friction. At the same time, an 20 kW starter-generator is integrated, which is responsible for powering additional military equipment and on-board instruments.



According to the developers, a special monitor is placed inside the armored car, which monitors the fuel consumption level and at the same time also suggests the measures envisaged for its reduction. It is unlikely that the driver will have time to pay attention to him during real combat operations.

On the bumper are LED headlights. To improve the efficiency of their offspring, developers, among other things, used the following components:
- the “Cummins I4” engine is configured for economy operation;
- specifically for “FED Alpha” tires “Goodyear Fuel Max” with low rolling resistance are used;
- Alcoa Defense has developed a lightweight aluminum body structure, armor and protection against explosive shells under the bottom of the armored car;
- As noted above, special materials with low friction coefficient are used for transmission, which reduce energy loss;
- the accelerator pedal is equipped with feedback, the equipment includes a display of economy, which allows the chauffeur of the car to monitor the fuel consumption;
- 6-speed automatic transmission "Aisin".

In the very near future, the American army will have at its disposal a new armored vehicle, the FED Alpha. Things are easy - to conduct all the preliminary tests.
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  1. Vadivak 14 October 2011 08: 49 New
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    The Americans completely forgot what an “ordinary" war is when service and fuel delivery are reduced to zero and what was managed to be drained from the tank is poured into tanks
    Aluminum armor has long been for our military. not a secret, Acts on the principle of a viscous barrier. the fragments in it get stuck
    IMHO, the rear sloping roof is not functional except for people it is necessary to carry equipment
    1. KASKAD
      KASKAD 16 October 2011 03: 01 New
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      Who shouted there that the Tiger is the top of perfection and so on? People can, I’m impressed, when our people will no longer rivet the morally obsolete project.
      The back bevel is just very functional armored sheets at an angle of 45 degrees even with the T34 in motion, and carrying the necessary things outdoors under fire is not ais. I think the trunk there is quite decent, but all that needs to fit perfectly for the rest is escort trucks, it is their task to carry loads.
      And about fuel, my dear friend is still on the Hummer and on much earlier military models in the USA, a lot of diesel fuel is used that eats everything.
      1. Tjumenec72
        Tjumenec72 23 October 2011 16: 30 New
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        from RPG-7 shoot sideways)))
        one x what is the back of the armor)))
        the result - mashmna for the next saw BABLE)))
        1. fktrctqxbr
          fktrctqxbr 13 February 2012 20: 41 New
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          I think that hamer long serve in the American Army.
          I agree with Vidak that in conditions of war the technique should be as versatile as possible, because during the war the life of such a technique is not long, and in each case you will not get drunk.
          In my opinion Tiger very good machine in terms of design wink , and about the quality I will not pour salt on the wound (((( sad crying
  2. Sergh
    Sergh 14 October 2011 12: 43 New
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    Merikosy in their style, comfort, convenience, safety belts, well. And behind is a beer bar. In the last photo, if we compare the height of the head restraint and the roof, the question is, how will he shoot the poor fellow with the M-16? Or just throw grenades? I do not see Luke at the top. In short, like "buggy" a la "war".
    1. KASKAD
      KASKAD 16 October 2011 03: 10 New
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      Do you prefer sharp corners in the cockpit about which you take your head when driving, or like in the Tiger when the road behind the hood is only visible for 10m? But tell me there is a driver’s seat elevator, and you can set everything up, only in our miracle technique this does not happen and the steering wheel in the Tiger rests on your knees when you raise the seat so either go blind or do not cry that the eggs rubbed.
  3. sirToad
    sirToad 14 October 2011 13: 03 New
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    Hey Hey! But in general, FED is a Nashen brand! and in general for the use of the loot is supposed to pay! don't believe let Migalkov be asked
    1. Aleksey42
      Aleksey42 23 October 2011 17: 07 New
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      Felix Edmundovich Dzherzhinsky stands for! wink And that’s the machinations of KGB officers! lol
  4. Smirnov Vadim 14 October 2011 16: 45 New
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    this phenomenon is the essence of ugliness
    1. zczczc
      zczczc 15 October 2011 02: 51 New
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      This phenomenon is the essence of ugliness.
      Hmm, earlier the root would disappear. So now it has disappeared, but not as part of the word.
  5. wolverine7778
    wolverine7778 14 October 2011 19: 12 New
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    this is a real military version of the Rover Mini)))
  6. L. konstantin
    L. konstantin 14 October 2011 22: 27 New
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    glamorous)
  7. APASUS 15 October 2011 00: 30 New
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    First you need to fire and blow it up, and then it will be clear what kind of unit it is !!! In the advertising about Hammer they just didn’t write, but in fact it turned out to be shit !! A beer bar on wheels !!
    1. Sergh
      Sergh 15 October 2011 17: 24 New
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      Shell, ..telling !!! Ha, only wheels with one chain must be connected so that they do not fly far, then at least send them to the Chinese rubber. So there will be a penny after all.
    2. KASKAD
      KASKAD 16 October 2011 03: 14 New
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      409 UAZ is cooler than some kind of Hammer, UAZ then passes all mine fields and remains intact?
      1. Ruswolf 26 March 2012 03: 39 New
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        So don’t say our survivability, So the best training ground is natural Russian roads.
        It is necessary to conclude a contract with Europe to test their equipment - we’ll get rich, AND THEIR AUTO INDUSTRY WILL BURN
  8. rumpeljschtizhen 15 October 2011 01: 46 New
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    Of course, our UAZ is cooler ............ gasoline then to hu ......... but citizens pay for it, too, hu ...
  9. Cvetluy 15 October 2011 23: 42 New
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    The machine for the beach with a cold beer, etc. winked
  10. koosss 16 October 2011 02: 03 New
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    there is not enough space, it does not compare with a hammer ... but the form is cool
    1. KASKAD
      KASKAD 16 October 2011 03: 17 New
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      Yes, it seems to me that the dimensions are the same, see the photo in front no less than Hammer
  11. vlakprof
    vlakprof 16 October 2011 03: 48 New
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    Beautiful, but IMHO unsuccessful.
    1) Complex forms - it is problematic to hang additional armor
    2) Alum frame - setting a shooting point will sharply weaken the stiffness
    3) Unsuitable for war rover transmission
    4) It seems to me - it is cramped for a military jeep
    5) Bulletproof glass on a pendant mount causes serious doubts
    6) In general - not sufficiently protected, but too heavy and I suspect - non-surviving due to the transmission, wheel arches and windows.
  12. zczczc
    zczczc 16 October 2011 03: 49 New
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    I’m not good at battle tactics, explain who is in the subject - why didn’t they fight in jeeps in World War II? A jeep is just a machine for moving command personnel and operational reports (if there is no communication).

    Why fight in a jeep ?? BTR is, BMP. You just need to ride a jeep off the front line. Let me remind you - with Willis, our UAZ has no protection whatsoever. What class UAZ died out at all?
    1. Tjumenec72
      Tjumenec72 23 October 2011 16: 35 New
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      previously did not expect that in the rear they shoot)))
  13. Aleksey42
    Aleksey42 23 October 2011 17: 09 New
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    Yes, it will also be priced as two of our armored personnel carriers. For me, there is an armored personnel carrier or infantry fighting vehicle, and a jeep is a jeep.
  14. kesa1111
    kesa1111 31 October 2011 04: 13 New
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    An interesting idea is the fastening of weapons to the doors. And in vain they saved in vain.
  15. Mr. Truth
    Mr. Truth 7 November 2011 12: 43 New
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    Should 5 people carry, these are American conditions, and the IGO fire team drove.
  16. Artemka
    Artemka 21 November 2011 14: 05 New
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    Yes, perhaps our Tiger will be better.
  17. Victor 21 November 2011 14: 17 New
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    A typical staff armored car to transport boss asses to the landing point in terrorist-dangerous areas. For warfare, no. Most likely he will become the ancestor of the new series as a base.
  18. dred
    dred 21 November 2011 14: 31 New
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    it will be painfully expensive.
  19. AZ
    AZ 27 January 2012 10: 49 New
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    A car for 4 fighter passengers. ?
    The impression is that the car is more for comfort than for fighting.
    Tiger-Wolf-Lynx +1
  20. kuzmich
    kuzmich 12 February 2012 20: 32 New
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    for me it’s a normal jeep, but without more detailed descriptions, it’s difficult to judge and draw conclusions.
  21. vylvyn
    vylvyn 2 March 2012 12: 07 New
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    The impression that the Americans from the functional completely went into design. I think soon we will see samples of weapons from the "Humvee House" or "from the Sikorski House." The names will be in the manner of manufacturers of fashionable clothes for women.
    1. Chicot 1 3 March 2012 16: 14 New
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      And there is some truth in your words ... smile
      This miracle of the American military automobile industry with its appearance reminded me of the Mitsubishi Pajero for Dakar raids. For a complete resemblance, only colorful advertisements are lacking ...
      But be that as it may, and old HMMWV earned his share of fame and popularity honestly with his hump. What will be capable of a new American army car (this or some other) will see ...
      Here I would like to know what will replace our UAZ, and when will this "what" pass? ..
      1. vylvyn
        vylvyn 4 March 2012 03: 31 New
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        Yes. UAZ with its hump earned itself both fame and popularity and the second hump
  22. Target 7 September 2014 16: 56 New
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    Wandered to some sites about HMMWV. Some DOWNs write that he is a complete UG because it is punched by RPG-7. Yes, he is UG, I agree, but the reason is not serious. At least for now. Here the AK-47 breaks, that's the reason. And RPG-7 and Lynx, and the Tiger, and the Wolf will break. A huge list of good, suitable and modern technology. The armored car must have protection against bullets, mines, fragments and underbarrel grenade launchers (GP-35, M203, etc.), i.e. save the lives of fighters undermining. Deliver fighters to the right place and cover if necessary. (simple, cheap and reliable). There should be no talk of protection against hand-held anti-tank grenade launchers, at least for now. Let it hang on armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles.

    By the way, I want to note that the Wikipedia says that HMMWV is being changed to International MaxxPro, and not to FED Alpha.