Despite the chilly temperatures, hundreds headed out to Sunset Station outside of the Alamodome on Friday to take a peek at the U.S. Army Strong Zone. 

It's an interactive display area that featured some of the Army's most elite technology and equipment. 

One display showcased a vehicle that could possibly replace Humvees in the Army and Marine Corps' inventory in the near future.

The Army Strong Zone is a 129,000-square-foot interactive display that showcased the Army's strength through education, technology, and physical fitness.

On display this year, a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, or JLTV.

John Goodson is the deputy program director for JLTV. He said some of the vehicle's most impressive features include improved blast protection, plus increased mobility and better fuel efficiency.

"By redesigning these combat vehicles, they've been able to return the missions back to the soldiers so they can get the mobility back," said Goodson.

The Army Strong Zone also featured a robotics competition. Middle school and high school teams from across the country participated. It integrated science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Lindsey Gideon, a spokesperson for the competition, said, “It's  a little bit like a sport and a fine robotics competition, so it really gets them engaged and reinforces positive learning."

From simulators to demonstrations to hands-on experiences, the Army Strong Zone connected people with the Army's extraordinary soldiers and cutting-edge technology. 

The U.S. Army Strong Zone will be open to visitors again on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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