Thursday, September 27, 2012

FANG: The Next Generation Of Attack Vehicle

The Fast, Adaptable, Next-Generation Ground Vehicle (FANG) program is a key component of DARPA's Adaptive Vehicle Make (AVM) portfolio, which takes a radically novel approach to the design and manufacture of a ground vehicle. FANG will engage new audiences outside of the traditional defense industry, tapping into the innovation of individuals and companies that may have new ideas that could benefit the U.S. Department of Defense.

What if you could design a next-generation military ground vehicle? DARPA is embarking upon a series of three, increasingly complex design challenges to design various subsystems, and eventually a full vehicle design, for a new, heavy amphibious infantry fighting vehicle.

The FANG Challenges are part of DARPA's Adaptive Vehicle Make portfolio of programs, which seeks to demonstrate that the development timetables for complex defense systems can be compressed by a factor of five. Using a set of new design tools and the VehicleFORGE collaboration environment, participants can work with teammates around the corner or across the country to create the winning design and compete for a total of $4 million in prizes. The first FANG Challenge, focusing on mobility and drivetrain subsystems, is set to begin in January 2013.

VehicleFORGE Design

There will be three FANG Challenges, each of which is an independent, prize-based design contest to create a next-generation amphibious infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). The first FANG Challenge requires participants to develop a subsystem focused on mobility and drivetrain for the IFV. The second challenge focuses on the chassis and structural subsystems, and the third on the development of a full vehicle design.

Competitors in the FANG Challenges will create their designs in the VehicleFORGE collaboration environment using the portfolio's META design tools and the Component, Context and Manufacturing Model Libraries (C2M2L, or "camel"). VehicleFORGE has been developed to significantly change the design experience and open the window for design innovation, allowing challenge participants to work collaboratively on their system designs. Once a winning design is selected, it will become a physical reality in the foundry-style manufacturing facility, the Instant Foundry Adaptive through Bits (iFAB).

Registration for Challenge 1 opens soon. Interested participants can sign up to receive more information here.To learn more about the FANG Challenges, go to


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