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New 'stealth' hybrid engine for battle tanks, manufactured by Rolls-Royce, ushers in the military era of the future, being almost undetectable on the battlefield

Written by Valdemar Medeiros
Published 21/06/2024 às 01:22
Rolls-Royce's new 'stealth' hybrid engine promises to revolutionize the military sector. The new engine for battle tanks runs on a battery and promises to make the vehicle stealthier and with up to 1.475 hp of power.
Schematic of the new hybrid engine for war tanks

Rolls-Royce's new 'stealth' hybrid engine promises to revolutionize the military sector. The new engine for battle tanks runs on batteries and promises to make the vehicle stealthier and with up to 1.475 hp of power.

Rolls-Royce revolutionizes 'stealth' hybrid engine for main battle tanks: Rolls-Royce recently revealed a new 'stealth' hybrid diesel engine concept, designed to make main battle tanks and similar military vehicles more efficient and less detectable by enemies . Featured in 2024 edition of Eurosatory, One of the military industry's largest fairs, this innovative engine promises to increase stealth and effectiveness on the battlefield, marking a significant advancement in military technology.

New Rolls-Royce engine delivers up to 1.475 hp

Rolls-Royce presented its new 'stealth' diesel hybrid engine concept for military vehicles at the Eurosatory 2024 fair. The idea improves the efficiency and stealth of war tanks, for example.

Developed by Rolls-Royce's Power Systems division, the new tank engine is a ten-cylinder variant of the MTU 199 series. It can deliver more than 1.475 hp and is designed to provide additional power to armored vehicles to power future systems. (like military lasers).

The new Rolls-Royce hybrid engine, which has a electric propulsion the battery, takes up little space and significantly reduces fuel consumption, which improves its autonomy on missions.

The main highlight of the new 'stealth' hybrid engine is its ability to operate silently and reduce the heat signature of battle tanks. Thus, the propellant makes tank detection more difficult, which increases the vehicles' camouflage capacity, especially at low speeds.

Rolls-Royce announces the arrival of its new engine for tanks

The diesel hybrid engine concept was developed by Rolls-Royce's Power Systems division. The new engine is a ten-cylinder variant of the MTU 199 series, used by North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces and the best-selling in its class of tank engines, according to Rolls-Royce. 

Rolls-Royce's new 'stealth' hybrid engine promises to revolutionize the military sector. The new engine for battle tanks runs on a battery and promises to make the vehicle stealthier and with up to 1.475 hp of power.
Rolls-Royce presents its new hybrid engine, designed to significantly increase the stealth of battle tanks (Image: Rolls-Royce)

According to the Head of Development of Military Engines and Systems at Rolls-Royce Power Systems, Christian Wolf, in a company statement, this new engine for battle tanks will expand the operational possibilities of future armored vehicles in a way that was previously almost unimaginable.

Rolls-Royce's new 'stealth' hybrid engine promises to revolutionize the military sector. The new engine for battle tanks runs on a battery and promises to make the vehicle stealthier and with up to 1.475 hp of power.
Rolls-Royce presents its new hybrid engine, designed to significantly increase the stealth of battle tanks (Image: Rolls-Royce)

To be able to run with the noisy diesel part turned off, it's as if the new 'stealth' hybrid engine provided cover for the battle tank. In these cases, the systems are powered by batteries instead of the idling engine. Another advantage of the new engine for battle tanks is that, at high speeds, the electric drive together with the diesel increases acceleration.

Rolls-Royce also focuses on the aviation sector

In addition to this new Rolls-Royce tank engine, the company has also developed a green hydrogen-powered jet engine. This propellant, developed by the company at a military installation in the Salisbury, in England, could one day lead to major changes in the aviation industry. This is because the unit runs on hydrogen. And this is the first time that a modern aircraft engine has run on green fuel.

In the short term, engineers' focus is to demonstrate that it is possible to operate and control a jet engine using hydrogen rather than conventional aviation fuels.

In the long term, the objective is for energy from hydrogen to play an essential role in aviation industry. Allowing the sector to continue growing, but reducing its emissions of polluting gases.

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Valdemar Medeiros

Journalist in training, specialist in creating content with a focus on SEO actions. Writes about the Automotive Industry, Renewable Energy and Science and Technology

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