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.
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
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
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By Jason Thompson
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