Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Northrop Grumman Hellhound

The Hellhound of folklore were supernatural dogs that wielded fire and served as harbingers of the afterlife. Today it’s an apropos name for a light recon vehicle with a 30mm cannon up top and six troopers inside.

Northrop Grumman’s Hellhound was unveiled last fall. It features a 250-horsepower Cummins engine; 6-speed Allison transmission; 18” front and 20” rear suspension; 4-wheel drive with locking differentials. Lethality is provided by an EOS Technologies R-400 Remote Weapon Station; ATK M230LF 30 mm cannon and swing-arm weapon mounts for crew.
Northrop Grumman equipped the Hellhound with a 120kW Jenoptik integrated starter generator, and crew members have 18kW available on-board 28VDC power. It's not just what powers the vehicle electronics. The Hellhound can provide a source of power in areas where there are no other options. It can power a field hospital for instance.

This power can be used for a wide-range of add-ons. For example it could be used to equip the Hellhound with a solid-state laser.

The vehicle’s sensors include a visible-light camera that can spot objects some 800 meters away, and an infrared sensor effective out to 10,000 meters.
The Hellhound weighs in at 13,000 pounds, loaded. A 1-ton armor kit can be bolted on for protection from IEDs. For quick entry and exit, the Hellhound can be squeezed onto or slung under a CH-47 Chinook helicopter.