The latest BAE Systems Hägglunds CV9030 infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) for the Norwegian Army are fitted with Soucy Defense (Stand N4-152) composite rubber tracks (CRT) rather than convention steel tracks. CRT offer a number of important advantages: they are lighter, generate less noise and vibration, and have less rolling resistance, which means greater fuel efficiency.
Trials have shown that a noise reduction of up to 13.5dB can be achieved, while a reduction in vibration of up to 70 per cent can be achieved by fitting CRT.
Soucy Defense CRT are standard equipment on BAE Systems Hägglunds BvS10 and Singapore Technologies Kinetics Bronco all-terrain vehicles.
A number of countries have also fitted their fleets of BAE Systems M113 series armoured personnel carriers and variants with Soucy Defense CRT, including Canada and Denmark, are seeing extensive service in Afghanistan.
The Royal Netherlands Army is to replace the steel tracks on its fleet of CV9035 IFV with Soucy’s composite rubber tracks.
Many armoured fighting vehicles have also been fitted for trials purposes, including Alvis Scimitar reconnaissance vehicles and Spartan armoured personnel carriers.
Soucy Defense has a Leopard 1 MBT platform as a demonstrator and this has proved that vehicles with a combat weight approaching 45 tonnes can be successfully fitted with the composite rubber tracks.