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The Crowd Delivers: DARPA’s XC2V Military Vehicle Arrives On Time
Gizmodo ^ | June 26, 2011 | Gizmodo

Posted on 06/27/2011 4:39:18 AM PDT by James C. Bennett

When Local Motors won DARPA's XC2V private "crowd-sourced" competition about 14 weeks ago, they secured the right to build a prototype that could eventually serve as a next-gen military vehicle for U.S. armed forces. Not a lot of time!

As you can see, however, they delivered. The fruits of their labor are on display above.

Now, while a new kick-ass military vehicle is cool, the true goal of DARPA's competition was to see how much faster a crowd-sourced project could go from concept to prototype than traditional means.

Turns out the answer was "much faster," with Local Motors completing their task before schedule (the 14 weeks). Even if they had completed it exactly on deadline the process would have still been about five times faster than a traditional build.

The beast is named FANG, by the way (Fast Adaptable Next-Generation Ground Combat Vehicle) and it could represent a much more privatized future for the U.S. military.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: crowdsourced; darpa; design; military

1 posted on 06/27/2011 4:39:29 AM PDT by James C. Bennett
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To: James C. Bennett

This proves that if you get away from the unions and bloated gold-plated contracts of the defense industry giants, small entrepreneurs can produce an equal or better product, on schedule and under budget.


2 posted on 06/27/2011 4:44:15 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: James C. Bennett

Cool! Does it come in red? :)


3 posted on 06/27/2011 4:45:12 AM PDT by upchuck (Think you know hardship? Ha! Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: James C. Bennett

What or who is the crowd?


4 posted on 06/27/2011 4:46:09 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: James C. Bennett

Doesn’t look like a functional military vehicle


5 posted on 06/27/2011 4:46:09 AM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: James C. Bennett
>>> The beast is named FANG, by the way (Fast Adaptable Next-Generation Ground Combat Vehicle)

Re-inventing the wheel. The problem was solved 30 years ago.

The good guys always win, even in the eighties.

6 posted on 06/27/2011 4:58:56 AM PDT by tlb
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To: James C. Bennett
I wanna see LAZERS!
7 posted on 06/27/2011 5:03:29 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: James C. Bennett

Almost reminiscent of the story of the development of the Jeep - in which a tiny, unknown, manufacturer (Willys?), came up with the quintissential military light vehicle in weeks, when the big ‘usual suspect’ military contractors had struggled - and failed - for years....


8 posted on 06/27/2011 5:05:06 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: bill1952
No, it looks like a pontiac aztek.

CC

9 posted on 06/27/2011 5:06:32 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (Wisdom comes from experience. Experience comes from a lack of wisdom.)
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To: James C. Bennett

That is a concept vehicle, it is not the real thing, nothing more than a fiberglass shell set on a dune buggy frame.


10 posted on 06/27/2011 5:09:38 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: James C. Bennett

Its an ATV with a cabin?


11 posted on 06/27/2011 5:11:59 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (The storm clouds of war are on the horizon, 1939 is again approaching us.)
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To: James C. Bennett

Bastard spawn of somethin and a Pontiac Aztec


12 posted on 06/27/2011 5:12:19 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: bill1952

“Doesn’t look like a functional military vehicle”

Agreed. Once you start jamming all the electronic gear, weapons systems, etc. that sleek little thing will be a pig.


13 posted on 06/27/2011 5:12:31 AM PDT by Londo Molari
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To: bill1952

Nope.
As one poster noted, “Megaforce”.

The military moves troops and supplies and THAT vehicle does neither. Meanwhile, the logistician in me drove past a convoy of FMTVs this weekend, smiling at a vehicle that was first proposed over 20 years ago and is only now filling out reserve and National Guard motor pools.


14 posted on 06/27/2011 5:25:41 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Uncle Ike
(Willys?)

Purists would say Bantam.
15 posted on 06/27/2011 5:26:46 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: Uncle Ike

The American Bantam Car Co. originated the Jeep. It was a subsidiary of the British Austin car company. The feds loved it, but were concerned that ABC couldn’t turn them out in sufficient numbers, and awarded contracts to Ford and Willys. The rest, as they say, is history.


16 posted on 06/27/2011 5:30:32 AM PDT by pingman (Durn tootin'; I like Glock shootin'!)
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To: tanknetter

” Purists would say Bantam. “

Yes.. Thank you... ;)


17 posted on 06/27/2011 5:30:39 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: James C. Bennett

I was out at the 9th Infantry (Motorized) Division in 1986 and saw all the “Fast Attack” stuff they were experimenting with. The original FAV sure captured everybody’s imagination, until they rolled over constantly with the .50cal mounted so high. Same with the HMMWVs with TOWs and those launcher/tracker units were EXPENSIVE.

Everybody wants to build a hella-kewl “military” vehicle prototype just to remind the public (and the DOD) that they’re still alive.


18 posted on 06/27/2011 5:33:51 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: bill1952
Doesn’t look like a functional military vehicle.

I agree. It looks like some prop in a futuristic movie. The engine is exposed to the elements. I don't see snorkels for operating in rivers and wetlands. It doesn't look bullet resistant, let alone IED resistant.

19 posted on 06/27/2011 5:38:01 AM PDT by mbynack (Retired USAF SMSgt)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

You make a good point. But a word of caution: DARPA does innovative and cool very well. But I would wager that there’s a lot more engineering and testing to do before the vehicle is reliable, maintainable, suitable, and effective. JMHO, to be sure.


20 posted on 06/27/2011 5:38:45 AM PDT by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "p" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: James C. Bennett

Wow, the radio controller for this must be huge.


21 posted on 06/27/2011 6:11:20 AM PDT by Molon Labbie
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To: Molon Labbie

Molon Labbie wins the thread!


22 posted on 06/27/2011 6:23:44 AM PDT by Grut
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To: tlb
Re-inventing the wheel

ROFLMAO...been YEARS since I heard a reference to MF.

TWO THUBS UP!

23 posted on 06/27/2011 6:29:34 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (Forget the Lawyers....first kill the journalists! - Die Ritter, die sagen, nee)
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To: Tainan
I want to see LAZERS!

I want to see it take off and land in the back of a flying C-130.

24 posted on 06/27/2011 6:32:37 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (Forget the Lawyers....first kill the journalists! - Die Ritter, die sagen, nee)
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To: James C. Bennett

looks cool, but also a) vulnerable - no armor, b) weak - no weaponry, and c) clumsy - I imagine getting in and otu of it in a hurry, with full gear would be problematic.

may be great for the 4x4 crowd, but I’m not sure I’d like to be in enemy country in that.


25 posted on 06/27/2011 6:40:17 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: Uncle Ike

teh origin of the jeep was with Bantam corporation. they ended up with teh contract - to build the TRAILER, not the jeep.


26 posted on 06/27/2011 6:41:24 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: DCBryan1
MUCH better execution of that particular concept:


27 posted on 06/27/2011 6:43:38 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: bill1952

My thought, too. Looks like a silly 20-something concept vehicle designed by people who have never been in combat or experience an IED explosion.


28 posted on 06/27/2011 7:10:14 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: James C. Bennett

Where do you mount the CROWS?


29 posted on 06/27/2011 7:14:24 AM PDT by Little Ray (Best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: James C. Bennett

I will take one with the digital woodland paint job and the Ma Deuce option.


30 posted on 06/27/2011 9:56:33 AM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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