ÖRNSKÖLDSVIK, Sweden, Feb. 10 /CNW/ - Two Norwegian Army CV9030 infantry
fighting vehicles have been using rubber tracks in northern Afghanistan
since December. The 28-tonne BAE Systems vehicles are the heaviest to
have used them on operations.
The rubber track system is jointly developed by Soucy International in
Quebec, Canada and BAE Systems in Sweden: Soucy has designed and
produced the tracks and BAE Systems has qualified the system in
full-scale trials. The tracks reduce vehicle weight by more than one
tonne compared with conventional steel tracks. They also cut noise by a
massive 10dB and vibration levels by 65 percent.
"The reduced vibration levels are increasing the life expectancy of
electronics, optronics and ammunition, which will significantly reduce
vehicle running costs," said CV90 platform manager Dan Lindell. "The
tracks also improve stealth, reduce crew fatigue and increase mobility
in many conditions, such as on snow and ice."
Major Per Rune Hansen is CV90 fleet manager for the Norwegian Defence
Logistics Organisation. He commented: "Our vehicle crews were a little
sceptical of the rubber tracks at first, but once they used them, they
became big fans and really appreciate the reduced vibration and quieter
Noise and vibration from steel tracks are coming under increasing
scrutiny because of ever-tightening health and safety legislation
across the world.
"Health and Safety is another reason we are pushing the limits of rubber
track technology'" says Lindell. "There have been reservations about
their robustness on heavier vehicles, but rubber track performance and
track life is increasing all the time, which is why Norway has bought
BAE Systems technical and durability tests on a CV90 over several years
weighing 28,000 kg gave good results, with a track life comparable with
conventional steel tracks. Trials by the Norwegian Army in late 2010
were so positive that the two vehicles were sent to Afghanistan before
the planned schedule was completed.
CV90 trials at 35 tonnes will take place through 2011. The increasing
vehicle weights possible with rubber tracks are the result of advances
in rubber track technology and vehicle configuration. Also planned for
early 2011 are mine blast trials to assess the effect of blast and
fragments on the tracks.
Dan Lindell concluded: "BAE Systems and Soucy have a product which gives
significant advantages and which can be transferred to other vehicle
fleets. We are continuing to invest in CV90 to keep it at the forefront
of its class."
BAE Systems already works with Soucy on rubber tracks for several of its
lighter-weight armoured vehicles, including the go-anywhere BvS10 and
the M113 armoured personnel carrier which Norway has deployed with
rubber tracks in Afghanistan. The joint development with Soucy on
rubber tracks for CV90 began as part of BAE Systems' bid for the
Canadian Close Combat Vehicle programme.
About BAE Systems
BAE Systems is a global defence, security and aerospace company with
approximately 107,000 employees worldwide. The Company delivers a full
range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well
as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and
customer support services. In 2009 BAE Systems reported sales of £22.4
billion (US $36.2 billion).
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