2023 Author: Bryan Walter | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 22:24
The American company Honeywell has started developing a virtual instrument panel for drivers of armored vehicles of the future, which are being created as part of the GXV-T program. According to Aviation Week, the new system will eliminate physical windows; they will be replaced by full-color large displays that can display any type of data.
According to Honeywell, the displays will also eliminate the many physical instruments found in modern armored vehicles. The new system will provide a 360-degree view of the terrain around the GXV-T. Any information about the car can be superimposed on the video image received from external cameras in real time.
In addition, the system will allow the GXV-T to overlay a route on the video image of the area along which the GXV-T is traveling, and the markers of this route will exactly follow all the curves of the landscape. Honeywell plans to use the experience gained in the creation of cockpits for combat aircraft in the development of the virtual instrument panel. A prototype of the system is expected to be ready in June this year.
In mid-October 2015, the British company BAE Systems introduced a system that allows soldiers inside the troop compartment of an armored vehicle to see everything that happens outside through the hull. Called BattleView 360, the new system includes helmet-mounted displays, touchscreens, television and thermal cameras.
In the system, video images from cameras are transmitted to touch displays and to helmet displays of fighters. The latter can freely turn their heads, the image on the displays will change in accordance with the movement. The British company used the technologies of the Eurofighter Typhoon in the development of BattleView 360.
Using touch screens, commanders can mark targets. The corresponding marks are transmitted to the helmet displays of the fighters. In addition, an image from various devices of an armored vehicle, for example, a gunner's sight, can be displayed on the screens. The system is also capable of constructing a two-dimensional and three-dimensional digital map of the terrain on which the armored vehicle is traveling.
In early July 2015, a similar system was tested by the US Army Armored Vehicle Research and Development Engineering Center. On two Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, the military installed four cameras each, providing all-round visibility. In the troop compartment opposite the seats for the soldiers, the military hung up tablets on which the picture from the cameras was displayed.
Each tablet simultaneously displayed images from all cameras, as well as displayed a map of the area. If desired, the fighter could turn on the display of information from the cameras of the second armored vehicle. The tablets feature the technology of a telestrator, a special software that allows you to draw arbitrary shapes on a moving image or make marks.
The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is implementing the GXV-T project. According to the project, it is planned to develop a whole family of armored vehicles of the future, including main battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, and light reconnaissance vehicles.
According to the requirements of the GXV-T program, the new armored vehicles should be 50 percent smaller and lighter than existing vehicles of the same class, their crew should be half the size. The armored vehicles of the future should be twice as fast and able to move freely on 95 percent of the earth's surface. Machines should also be less visible to various detection means.