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Clandestine Extended Range Vehicle ("CERV")
Quantum was awarded a follow-on contract by the U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), including funding support through the Special Operations Command (SOCOM), to develop a diesel hybrid electric version of the AMV. The objective of this program is to develop a second-generation high-performance light-duty off-road hybrid electric vehicle based on the results and feedback from the U.S. Army's testing and evaluation of the Aggressor. In December 2009, this vehicle received flight certification on-board the Osprey V-22, and is currently the only hybrid drive vehicle to attain this certification.
The propulsion system for this next phase of AMV development focuses on a JP-8 fueled internal combustion engine with a series hybrid electric drive system, which provides a cost-effective, near-term solution as fuel cell technology matures. Pre-production prototypes are being developed and built for testing and evaluation by selected commands to assess mission suitability, supportability, performance objectives, and guidance on final vehicle configuration. The initial target mission would be related to special operations-type missions involving reconnaissance, surveillance, targeting, search and rescue, and also assist with field rescue operations.
The AMV is based on a modular design approach that will facilitate integration of different hybrid powertrains and application-specific variants. Potential missions include reconnaissance, surveillance, and targeting under silent watch; transporting personnel, weapons, and litters, when it is used as an ambulance carrier; and as a general utility vehicle. The Quantum AMV, nicknamed the "AGGRESSOR" leverages the inherent benefits of fuel cells and advanced hybrid electric drivetrain technologies to provide features that give U.S. troops significant battlefield and mission critical advantages: