A British Army Warrior infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) fitted with Soucy Defense composite rubber tracks (CRT) has completed a 5,000 km trial, Jane’s has learned.
The effort was aimed at proving the CRT technology as a replacement for the conventional steel tracks currently fitted to the Warrior IFV fleet. It was carried out at the service’s Armoured Trials and Development (ATDU) in Bovington under a joint programme that included vehicle manufacturer BAE Systems and Soucy Defense.
A new front drive sprocket and a modified rear idler were the only modifications required to fit the new tracks.
The 5,000 km trial was split into blocks of 500 km battlefield missions and covered road, cross-country, gradient, trench and vertical obstacles. The vehicle was then returned to its original configuration, although it was estimated that the CRT could have functioned for another 3,000 km.
Soucy Defense stated that CRT technology provides several advantages. These include up to 70% less vibration, which improves crew comfort as well as the longevity of the vehicle’s electronic subsystems.
The CRT also provides a noise reduction of up to 13.5 dB compared with conventional steel tracks. The lighter tracks also reduce the vehicle’s weight, which can then be used to fit additional armour or other mission equipment.
Operational range is also said to be extended by up to 25% depending on the size and weight of the vehicle because of reduced rolling resistance.
The tracks are already standard on several armoured fighting vehicles (AFV), including the Swedish BAE Systems Hagglunds BvS 10 articulated all-terrain vehicle (ATV), Singapore Technologies Kinetics Bronco all terrain tracked carrier (ATTC), M113 armoured personnel carriers in service with Canada, Denmark, and Norway, and on the latest batch of BAE Systems Hagglunds CV9030 IFVs for Norway.
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