Eurosatory 2014

Light weight champion (ES14E2)

17 June 2014

Diehl Defence Land Systems is highlighting its Light Weight Track developed for the German Army’s Puma armoured infantry fighting vehicle (AIFV) on Stand H571 in Hall 6. The new ‘light’ tracks of skeleton construction achieve a weight saving of 20 to 30 per cent compared with standard steel tracks, but can still carry extremely heavy vehicles with a total weight of up to 43 tonnes.

With a weight of 115kg/m, the new track is said to be unrivalled in this vehicle weight class.

Simulations for determining the exact force distributions provide for a weight optimisation of the track components without any compromise in load carrying capacity. The new track also uses the proven Quick-Fit bayonet system for fast fitting and replacement of track pads and additional traction aids for difficult terrain. High safety, long service life, freedom from maintenance, low vibration and low noise signature are retained.

The requirements for the Puma tracks were so wide that initially two tracks were planned – one for the light configuration of 32 tonnes and one for up to 43 tonnes. But for logistic and operative reasons, a single track solution was finally preferred for all variants, making requirements more demanding. The track was designed to withstand maximum loads, overcome obstacles and allow fast road travel, while being light enough to allow air transportation. The track loads correspond to those of a Leopard 2 main battle tank – with a weight saving of about 30 per cent! Diehl tracks are used on all German Army tracked vehicles.

Customers in almost 60 countries in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia also use Diehl products. If no suitable product exists, the company claims it is possible to develop a new track within six months.

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