Having last year secured a contract from DCD Defence for complete runflat wheel assemblies for the Springbuck armoured personnel carrier (APC), the UK company Tyron and its South African partner Global Wheels (DCD Stand in Hangar 7) will provide the same solution for DCD’s Mountain Lion armoured utility vehicle (pictured), following extensive testing in extremely harsh African terrain.
The Tyron ATR (all-terrain rubber) wheel assembly has a multi-part rubber runflat fitted to the Global Wheels two-part, bolt-together wheels, which are available in both steel and aluminium depending on application. The rubber of the ATR is enhanced to ensure beadlock, which offers a guaranteed high-level off-road flat tyre performance, which is not possible with composite run-flats, enabling vehicles to be driven for a minimum of 50km, even with all tyres damaged. The run-flat has been tested to ensure that under severe ballistic attack the ATR is not compromised, as rubber absorbs far more energy than hard materials from kerb strikes and IEDs. A significant benefit is that tyres can be changed without any special tools, at the roadside. The system is being locally manufactured for both the Springbuck and the Mountain Lion.
The DCD Mountain Lion vehicle can fulfil multiple roles on the battlefield. Its design incorporates a single-piece, V-shaped armoured hull to provide maximum protection from blast, as well as protection from conventional ammunition.
It is equipped with DCD’s combat proven, four-wheel steer system, which dramatically reduces the turning circle and enhances the vehicle’s mobility in close terrain and urban areas.
Apart from sales to the two DCD vehicles, which have been supplied to customers in Africa, the partnership between Tyron and Global Wheels has been successful in providing complete wheel solutions to a number of vehicle OEMs globally.