COLUMBUS - Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) has received a more than $47 million contract to develop an improved combat vehicle engine. The work from the National Advanced Mobility Consortium involves boosting the mobility, power, range and fuel economy of engines compared to current technology. Cummins is partnering with California-based Achates Power Inc. on what Vice President of Corporate Research and Technology Wayne Eckerle says will "create the most advanced combat vehicle powertrains for our Armed Forces."

The companies say the technology developed through the Advanced Combat Engine project, or ACE, has the potential to be produced for the Bradley Family of Vehicles and the Next Generation Combat Vehicle. Eckerle adds "we are confident we can achieve significant improvements in mobility, power, range and fuel economy, creating combat vehicles that are safer, faster and have clear advantages in the field. Our technical teams are looking forward to leading a project that can make a difference in the lives of men and women who serve our country."

Cummins and Achates says goals include improving performance, survivability and range of ground combat vehicles, while reducing fleet fuel use through targets including:

  • reducing heat rejection by 21 percent versus current Cummins-supplied combat vehicle engines
  • improving power density by more than 50 percent
  • reducing fuel use by 13 percent versus current typical combat vehicle engines

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