DARPA is calling on design and engineering innovators to crowdsource the design of its next amphibious infantry vehicle for the FANG Challenge.
The Pentagon’s researchers are inviting design and engineering innovators to collaboratively design an amphibious infantry vehicle for the US Marines. DARPA‘s FANG (Fast, Adaptable, Next-Generation Ground Vehicle) Challenge is offering the winning team one million dollars and their design will be built in the iFAB Foundry. Registration is now open for the first of three challenges, which will kick off in January. Participants will test DARPA’s META design tools and its VehicleFORGE collaboration environment, with the aim of demonstrating that the development timetable for a complex defense system can be compressed by a factor of five. Army Lt. Col Nathan Wiedenman, program manager in DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office, said:
FANG is applying a radical approach to the design and manufacture of a military ground vehicle while seeking to engage innovators outside of the traditional defense industry. By tapping fresh ideas and innovation, we are striving to fundamentally alter the way systems are designed, built and verified to significantly improve DoD’s capacity to handle complexity, something that has rapidly outpaced DoD’s existing 1960s-era approaches to managing it.
Check out the video below to learn more about the project: