US Air Force and Army: Together at Last

The Air Force Advanced Power Technology Office (APTO) unveiled its latest award winning demonstration/evaluation support vehicle during the Aviation Industry Expo’s GSExpo in March 2006 in Las Vegas.


The ultimate benefit, due to its advanced power configuration, is that operations will be enhanced with a fuel efficiency range of approximately 100 (combined diesel/electric) miles per gallon of diesel (depending on load) as compared to the existing efficiency of approximately 15 miles per gallon of diesel. The vehicle equipped generator provides enough amperage to charge the power train batteries while the vehicle is being used at full power, therefore the vehicle can be operated even if the batteries are fully discharged (at this point, operation of the vehicle will charge the batteries). The advanced battery power enhancement will subsequently reduce the Air Force’s fuel dependence for this type of vehicle as well as other Department of Defense services, achieving the objective of transitioning away from complete dependence on fossil fuel.

This versatile project to bring new and innovative new technologies into the Air Force garnered the APTO Team the 2005 Air Force Science and Technology Award.

“This project shows how great partnering across the services benefits everyone,” says Mike Mead, chief of APTO. Mead said that if all goes well with the initial testing, this vehicle could enhance the warfighter’s capabilities both in garrison and while deployed. Mead also says that he hopes this is just the first of many partnerships with other services to get the best projects for all at the best price for the DoD.

Giliberti says the SATSII is ready today for civilian use as a pushback or ramp runner to replace Bobtail-type vehicles. The multi-use chassis can also be purchased to mount scissor lifts, stairs, catering, deicing, water, lav or mechanic trucks.

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