Rheinmetall Defence subsidiary American Rheinmetall Vehicles (ARV) has announced a collaboration with the US Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command Ground Vehicle Systems Center (DEVCOM GVSC).  

The two entities signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) in this regard.

As part of the deal, American Rheinmetall Vehicles and DEVCOM GVSC will partner to research, develop, and integrate suspension, track, and running gear technologies onto combat vehicles.

American Rheinmetall Vehicles and DEVCOM GVSC will work together on a wide range of areas including modelling and simulation, development, and testing of track, running gear, suspension, and road wheels.

They will also focus on upgrading these systems and sub-systems to deliver a better ride quality for tracked combat vehicles.

The technologies are also expected to support future weapon systems for military services and global military markets, as well as further spin-off applications.

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The agreement will also enable the two sides to work on the US Army’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle programme, among other key vehicle modernisation projects.  

American Rheinmetall Vehicles Business Development and Strategy director Mike Milner said: “The CRADA is the start of a budding relationship to research, develop, and integrate the newest technologies into modern combat vehicles.

“Specifically, efforts on integration of the Advanced Lightweight Track will provide ride quality improvements and room for growth, without reductions in performance on tracked combat vehicles.”

In May 2021, American Rheinmetall Vehicles opened a new facility to support the US Army’s OMFV programme. 

Located in Sterling Heights, Michigan, the facility expanded the company’s capacity to nearly 28,000ft².