Soucy Defense (Stand 01-B60 in the Canadian Pavilion) is presenting its composite rubber track (CRT) technology, which it believes is ideal for integration into platforms such as the BMP- 3, M109 and MCV-80 Desert Warrior operated by Middle Eastern nations.
CRT has already been operationally proven in conflict theatres, such as Iraq and Afghanistan, on Canada’s M113, the UK’s BvS10 Viking, and Norway’s CV90 vehicles. CRT is also integrated into a variety of armoured vehicles across different weight categories worldwide, including the Singapore Technologies Kinetics Bronco. It has also been demonstrated on the new Polish Borsuk IFV.
According to the company, a recent trial conducted under a joint programme with BAE Systems on a Warrior IFV at the UK Armoured Trials and Development Unit at Bovington has exceeded all expectations. A new front drive sprocket and modified rear idler were the only modifications required to fit the new tracks. The 5,000km, three-month trial was conducted under strict mission profile parameters directed by the UK Ministry of Defence, ensuring the CRT was trialled in a realistic operational environment. The 5,000km durability was fulfilled, with an additional 3,000km extrapolated by the engineering team.
The CRT system consists of a continuously cased rubber band structure, reinforced with a range of composite materials and steel cord. The many advantages of CRT technology, according to Soucy Defense, include a noise reduction of up to 13.5dB; up to 70 per cent less vibration, which improves crew comfort as well as the longevity of the vehicle’s electronic subsystems; and the ability to operate at temperatures up to 50°C – a particular advantage in hot countries. Being on average 50 per cent lighter than conventional steel track, operational range is also said to be extended by up to 25 per cent because of reduced rolling resistance.