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Let’s talk composite rubber tracks.
DSEI was the public debut of a Warrior IFV fitted with @DefenseSoucy 530mm wide tracks, that had completed an 8,000km/5,000 mile trial. These replaced the legacy Cook Defence Systems TR30 steel tracks.
Why CRT?
-Direct weight savings of 1,500 kg (5% GVW reduction).
-Increases vehicle average range 28%.
-Reduces overall noise by 57%.
-Reduces average vibration by 42%.
-Improves Mobility Index by 24%.
-Has a better Vehicle Cone Index.
-Reduced road wheel replacement by 66%.
Those numbers are SIGNIFICANT!
In the @AustralianArmy context, the M113AS4 was as at capacity for weight growth at introduction to service. Imagine being able to “buy” ~5% capacity by replacing the track!
28% increased range! Yes, an average, but both on road & cross country. Imagine your echelon being able to push your force 20-30% further than currently, with zero increase to capacity.
Noise reduction by *57%*. If I was trying to solve the problem of high ambient noise for mechanised infantry, I’d probably be looking more at the system, not the earpro!
Oops - forgot one table on range. No idea what a mile is, but 531km out of a tank of fuel is waaaay better than 416km!
And look at this vibration reduction. What does this do to #HumanPerformance ? Your crew & dismounts arrive fresher, fit to fight, & task ready.
Let’s talk maintenance: both crew and echelon, not to mention reduction of RPS holdings. Rotation of the drive sprocket occurred three times in 8,000km. *But* no track maintenance (very short first, half, & last parades) plus two thirds reduction in road wheel consumption (RPS)!
Thanks for your time & attention.
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