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15 Oct 10. Rheinmetall and Timoney join forces in the military wheeled vehicle sector. Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH (RRMV) of Munich has entered a far-reaching agreement with Timoney Technology Ltd. of Gibbstown, Ireland, to cooperate in the military logistic and tactical vehicle sector. Under a license agreement, Timoney Technology will develop and produce independent suspension systems and power trains for all new RMMV vehicles equipped with all-wheel drive and independent suspension, including systems with two, three or four axles. Based on the Timoney power train technology in Rheinmetall’s Wisent armoured transport vehicle, the result will be a new, high-mobility family of vehicles systematically designed to meet the needs of the military.
“This agreement represents a significant step in strategically positioning RMMV as a leading supplier of military wheeled vehicles”, declares Dr. Gerhard Skoff, a member of RMMV top management. “By partnering with Timoney Technology, we’re able to draw on their superior know-how in the field of advanced chassis technology, which bolsters our bid to occupy a leading position in the global all-terrain military wheeled vehicle market”, adds Dr. Skoff.
Shane O’Neill, the Chief Executive Officer of TTL said “TTL are enormously excited to be closely involved with RMMV and proud that through TTL Ireland can offer such fundamental automotive engineering to RMMV and Germany, the country which invented the motor car and leads the world in this technology since 1885. TTL, by paying close attention to vehicle mission requirements, have produced the right product in the configuration needed by RMMV.”
The new Wisent, an 8×8 all-wheel drive armoured vehicle, is a first example of fruitful cooperation between the two companies. During intensive qualification trials conducted under the Bundeswehr’s GFF 4 procurement programme, the vehicle handled superbly and, thanks to its high-performance chassis, had no problem coping with even the most challenging off-road conditions.

20 Oct 10. Philippine Army troops will receive new trucks and force protection equipment between 2011 and 2012 as part of its capability upgrade programme. Philippine Army vice-commander Major General Romulo Supapo said 137 units of 1.5t trucks and 250 new 2.5t 6×6 trucks, which will replace the old US M-35 trucks, were purchased from South Korea. The Weapon Systems Board has also purchased engineering equipment in line with its civil-military operations thrust and has spent P100m on body armour.
“Not just weapons, but we will have construction equipment like bulldozers and graders,” Supapo said. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has offered support funding of P5bn ($114m) a year to continue the capability upgrade programme. (Source: armytechnology.com)

19 Oct 10. Kollmorgen introduces the Power Generation System – a complete, robust power platform that can be optimized to meet virtually any military vehicle’s energy demands, with the flexibility to fit in applications where space is at a premium. Whether operating at low or high voltage, the system can be retrofitted to defense vehicle fleets in a matt

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