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December 30th, 2003

Smart materials for a next-gen vehicle

The Marine Corps' M1A1 Abrams tanks and light armored vehicles that pulled heavy duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom are expected to serve us well until 2015 and 2020. That may sound like a long way off, but it's already time to plan for their replacements. Actually, the ideal time was about two years ago, when the Office of Naval Research initiated the Expeditionary Systems Material program to develop new materials to increase the survivability of fighting vehicles. The effort will include nano-technologies to make the Marine Corps' future Marine air-ground task force (MAGTF) expeditionary family of fighting vehicles (MEFF-V) lighter, tougher, and smarter.


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