Nov. 9, 2020 – The Defense Division of Soucy International has been awarded the $7.5M contract to manufacture and deliver composite rubber track (CRT) systems for the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency’s (NDMA) Armoured Combat Support Vehicle (ACSV).
In May 2018, as part of the Norwegian Armed Forces logistic and support vehicle recapitalization program, Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft (FFG) won the tender to manufacture and supply ACSV’s to the Norwegian Army. FFG proposed to base the ACSV around their current PMMC G5 vehicle.
The ACSV is a 26mT tracked platform with the capacity to transport freight goods containers weighing up to 6mT. It has container mounts to accommodate both 6.5- and 10-feet freight containers and in conjunction with the increased durability and low maintenance attributes of composite rubber tracks (CRT) can enhance the military’s battlefield logistical reach. The reduced vibrations enabled by the integration of CRT also aids in the protection of sensors and electronics located on other military equipment such as radars which may also be mounted on the ACSV’s stable framed platform. Due to the ACSVs open and closed hull configurations, it can be adapted in the closed configuration to house a command centre or ambulance (casualty evacuation). The ACSV can be adapted to a wide range of operations including domestic disaster relief and international peace support missions.
About Composite Rubber Tracks:
- Increased durability over conventional steel tracks;
- Reduced vibration (up to 70%), noise (up to 13dB), thermal signature, braking distance, vehicle weight (up to 50%) and fuel consumption (up to 30%);
- Reduced vehicle crew fatigue;
- Significant reduction in life cycle costs and virtually maintenance free;
- Elimination of damage to infrastructure.
Soucy has been established for 50 years and specializes in the design, development and manufacturing of composite rubber tracks. Soucy supply a variety of components and parts for major manufacturers of Powersports, industrial, agricultural and defense vehicles around the world. Since entering the defense market 26 years ago, the demand for Soucy’s products has grown, and now being utilised in 12 counties worldwide. Soucy’s expertise and knowledge of rubber track applications lie in compounding and track construction. The key elements in exceeding the specifications of traditional steel tracks and meeting customer requirements are the relationship between the gross vehicle weight (GVW) and rubber heat generation, this balance is critical in the design of composite rubber tracks.