Marine Corps Looking at Hybrid ATVs to Boost Battlefield Range

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June 22, 2015 | Source: National Defense Magazine

The Marine Corps is looking to add hybrid all-terrain vehicles to its inventory to reduce energy dependence and increase the operational reach of its forces on the battlefield, said service officials.

The acquisition of hybrid technology is part of the service’s Expeditionary Force 21 strategy, a 10-year plan that began in 2014. It calls for a return to the service’s core mission of being “light enough to get to the crisis quickly, yet able to accomplish the mission or provide time and options prior to the arrival of additional forces,” the document said. The three main goals of the service are to be fast, austere and lethal, it said.

“The Marine Corps is pushing back to its expeditionary roots,” said Col. James Caley, director of the Marine Corps’ expeditionary energy office. “We’re trying to get back to the ability of supporting distributed operations from the sea base.”