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Conceptualizing an Urban Operations Vehicle within a Comprehensive Research and Development Program

Journal Article
12-07-01-0005
ISSN: 2574-0741, e-ISSN: 2574-075X
Published September 07, 2023 by SAE International in United States
Conceptualizing an Urban Operations Vehicle within a Comprehensive
                    Research and Development Program
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Citation: Hofer , P. and Knight, C., "Conceptualizing an Urban Operations Vehicle within a Comprehensive Research and Development Program," SAE Intl. J CAV 7(1):53-67, 2024, https://doi.org/10.4271/12-07-01-0005.
Language: English

Abstract:

In the last decades we have witnessed an increasing number of military operations in urban environments. Complex urban operations require high standards of training, equipment, and personnel. Emergency forces on the ground will need specialized vehicles to support them in all parts and levels of this extremely demanding environment including the subterranean and interior of infrastructure. The development of vehicles for this environment has lagged but offers a high payoff. This article describes the method for developing a concept for an urban operations vehicle by characterization of the urban environment, deduction of key issues, evaluation of related prototyping, science fiction story-typing of the requirements for such a vehicle, and comparison with field-proven and scalable solutions. Embedding these thoughts into a comprehensive research and development program provides lines of development, setting the stage for further research.