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. With seating for up to four soldiers and a 3,500-pound payload, the Valanx meets the requirements to compete in the Army’s JLTV program. The Humvee, which is in use now, strains under the weight of its armor—hence the need for a heavier-duty truck to replace it. With seating for up to four soldiers and a 3,500-pound payload, the Valanx meets the requi 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. BAE Systems said it chose the Ford 6.7L diesel because of its best-in-class power and fuel economy. For all the details on the 6.7L Power Stroke diesel engine, check out our in-depth article on it called “Ford’s New 6.7L Power Stroke” Oct. ’11. We’ll let you know what makes the mil-spec version different from the ones in our pickups when that information becomes available. BAE Systems said it chose the Ford 6.7L diesel because of its best-in-class power and fuel 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 Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!