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July 2012 Military Power: The Valanx

BAE Systems’ $20 Billion Contender

Text By Jason Thompson, Photography by Bae Systems

Valanx: Powered By the 6.7L Power Stroke
With the AM General-built Humvee very close to retirement, the Army leadership is now holding tryouts for its replacement. Its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program is soliciting manufacturers to build demonstrator vehicles that will be evaluated by our military. The winner of this competition could receive a multiyear contract that’s estimated to be worth $20 billion.

BAE Systems’ entry is called the Valanx. The vehicle gets its name from the ancient Greek military formation known as the phalanx (think offensive lineman on a football team) combined with the V form of the truck’s hull (made from aluminum and titanium). The Valanx’s fundamental architecture is built so that future hybrid or drivetrain changes fit easily into the modular construction. This nulifies the need to buy a whole new vehicle when new technologies come online.

MIL-SPEC: Valanx
Manufacturer: BAE Systems
Engine: Ford 6.7L Power Stroke
Horsepower: 340 hp
Torque: 660 lb-ft
Transmission: Allison 2500
Suspension: Meritor Defense Protech HMIS Series 30
Ground clearance: 7 to 24 inches
Curb weight: 13,200 pounds
Max gross vehicle weight: 19,950 pounds
Top speed: 80 mph
0 to 50 mph: 19.7 seconds
Cruising range: 400 miles
Overall length: 219 inches
Width: 96 inches
Height (air transport): 92.8 inches (operational): 111.8 inches
Wheelbase: 130 inches

SOURCES
BAE Systems
1601 Research Blvd.
Rockville
MD  20850
301-838-6000
www.baesystems.com
By Jason Thompson
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