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US Military working on silent motorcycles
Darpa is developing a new motorcycle to silently bike commandos to their missions, according to reports from Wired.
The idea is centred around a hybrid power system that relies on both electric and gas power. The combination of the two means that the bikes can go off-road and switch to the soundless electric engine, while also handling higher speeds and longer journeys on the gas tank.
In February, Darpa awarded Logos Technologies a $100,000, six-month Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract for a preliminary design. Logos plans to fit its hybrid power system to an electric bike from San Francisco-based BRD Motorcycles, with the base platform being the $15,000 RedShift MX. It has a maximum speed of 130km/h.
Wade Pulliam, Logos Technologies’ Manager of Advanced Concepts, said: “Quieted, all-wheel-drive capability at extended range in a lightweight, rugged, single-track vehicle could support the successful operations of U.S. expeditionary and special forces in extreme terrain conditions and contested environments. With a growing need to operate small units far from logistical support, the military may increasingly rely on adaptable, efficient technologies like this hybrid-electric motorcycle.”
The US military has been trying to create a silent motorcycle for some time now. It seems it’s nearly there.