Germany’s Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft (FFG) unveiled its stealthy hybrid-powered Genesis 8×8 tech demonstrator, shown as an infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) with Kongsberg 30 mm turret and 3+10 crew in flashy blue marketing camo. It has a modular design similar to Boxer, with weights between 25 and 40 tons possible. The model is not a development on customer order, but is intended to show the future of military vehicles. Genesis utilises a fully hybrid-electric propulsion system, which includes electric motors with reduction gears that are powered by lithium batteries.
Primary drive is by distributed electric motors allowing each wheel to be controlled individually, enabling skid steering. Total power is 1.368 kW with peak torque of 15.622 Nm per wheel. Batteries are recharged by a 200 kW diesel generator. Basic performance data is typical for a vehicle of that class with top speed exceeding 100 kph, longitudinal gradient of 60 and lateral of 30 percent. Overall range is given as 600 km at 60 kph, or 150 at 40 on batteries alone in “silent mode”. This enables the vehicle to have permanent eight-wheel drive, with steering, acceleration, and braking controlled by adjusting the RPM and torque at each individual wheel station.
The model could also be used as a charging station for other e-models. The angular shape not only serves to protect against fire, but is also intended to keep the radar signature small and thus contribute to camouflage. The current version shows an armored personnel carrier. With two people in the ultra-modern cockpit with touchscreen screens, space for ten infantrymen and a soldier to operate the remote-controlled turret cannon of the Norwegian arms company Kongsberg for 30 millimeter ammunition. 13 people would then drive in the vehicle. The model that is now being shown at a symposium for army experts is 8.25 meters long, 3.20 meters wide and around 3.50 meters high. The pure driving module is 2.40 meters high.