Rheinmetall and Supashock to develop suspension and load handling system for military trucks
Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) has teamed up with Australia's Supashock to develop military suspension and integrated intelligent load handling system for its range of military trucks.
RMMV said that it has funded Supashock to develop the system for the Australian and global markets.
The company's technology investment is in addition to an Australian Federal government entrepreneurs grant that was recently announced by Australian Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne.
Rheinmetall Vehicle Systems Division head Ben Hudson said: “The investments made by the Australian Federal Government and Rheinmetall in the development and application of Supashock’s technology are an excellent example of industry and Government working together to support Australian Companies.
“This partnership will deliver real benefits for the Australian economy through the generation of local jobs, while creating substantial export opportunities for Supashock.”
The system integrates Supashock’s active suspension technology with an intelligent load handling system to increase the capability and safety of RMMV’s military trucks in demanding on and off-road environments.
The comparative testing found that Supashock’s suspension technology improves the mobility of RMMV’s trucks, while enhancing on-road safety and reducing the vibration experienced by the load the truck is carrying, RMMV stated.
Rheinmetall anticipates the broad application of the integrated intelligent load handling system and Supashock’s suspension technology on both Australian and international programmes.
Supashock has developed a range of active suspension systems for commercial, mining and military applications.
Its active system can be tailored to suit a variety of vehicles, ranging from lightweight tactical vehicles to 18-wheel heavy haulers, according to a statement posted on Supashock's website.
Image: Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles's TG-MIL, a militarised MAN TGM (4x4) truck. Photo: courtesy of Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV).