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  • Air Force Challenge -- Design a Stealth Jeep
    Posted by Graham Warwick 3:10 PM on Jul 20, 2011

    Fancy your chances at designing a stealthy, robotic vehicle that can fit in a CV-22 Osprey and carry a special-operations team to the target and back through the night without being detected? Then the Air Force Research Laboratory's Spec Ops Transport Challenge is for you.

    According to the RFI issued today, the lab plans to award up to five teams $20,000 each to develop design concepts, with an opportunity to compete for a $2 million contract to build a prototype. AFRL says it is "interested in new ideas from hobbyists, enthusiasts, teams and organizations that have not typically done business with the government in the past."

    An RFP is expected in 3-4 months, but the RFI says the Air Force is looking for a vehicle that can carry two people and their equipment over rugged terrain without being detected visually or audibly. The air-deliverable vehicle must operate autonomously with only minimal inputs from the occupants. AFRL is looking for an insertion and extraction range of at least 30km.

    If you need me, I am in the garage, modifying my Bond Bug...

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    Photo: Mike Ortega, via Wikipedia

    Tags: ar99, AFRL

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