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Millbrook, based in Bedfordshire, UK, makes a significant contribution to the quality and performance of military vehicles worldwide. Its specialist expertise is focussed in two distinct areas: test programmes to help armed services and their suppliers ensure that their vehicles and systems work as the specification requires; and design and build work to upgrade new or existing vehicles, evaluate vehicle capability and investigate in-service failures. Complementing these is driver and service training and a hospitality business that allows customers to use selected areas of Millbrook’s remarkable facilities for demonstrations and exhibitions.
21 Jan 09. The All Terrain Vehicle Division of Phoenix International Systems, Inc., has introduced versions of its Prowler RTV (Rugged Terrain Vehicle) for use by the nation’s fire-fighting and emergency response agency operators. These new Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) are specially designed and purpose-built for Emergency Wild Fire Response and for Emergency Medical Response. Both vehicles offer the same advantages as the Prowler LTATV in use by the military around the world and by the U.S. Homeland Security community – unmatched reliability, stability, speed, endurance, power, all terrain mobility and operator protection. The Prowler Emergency Wild Fire Response ERV, designed for the Wild Fire Emergency First Responder, provides a self-contained fire fighting unit and the ability to act as a remote pumping station. The Prowler Medical Response ERV, for the Medical Emergency First Responder, provides tough and compact transportation for time critical response in restricted and rugged terrain situations. It offers a full EMT supply case and Stokes basket mount as well as a number of other configuration options. The Prowler ERV, with its proven ability to perform as a stable platform in any terrain or climate, provides unparalleled capabilities based upon its:
Fully automatic all wheel drive with 3-way locking differential
Better than 1:1 load to vehicle weight ratio
Wide range of auxiliary power resources
Low center of gravity, tight turning radius and high ground clearance
Front and rear extended range double wishbone suspension
Rugged and durable chromalloy steel tubular construction
Platform engineering for minimal maintenance
Automotive style controls
In addition, the Prowler provides wheel or track mount interchangeability, a feature offered by no other ERV platform.
03 Feb 09. Porsche looked set to become a large shareholder in Scania on Tuesday after the Swedish truckmakers’ share price dropped below that of the mandatory offer from the German sports carmaker. Porsche was required by Swedish regulators to make a general takeover offer for the truckmaker after it increased its stake in Volkswagen, which controls Scania, to more than 50 per cent in January. (Source: FT.com)
30 Jan 09. Allison Transmission has broken ground on a new India facility designed to meet growing global demand for Allison automatic transmissions. Once construction of the more than 203,000-square-foot manufacturing plant is completed, which is expected to occur in early 2010, it will also serve as the Allison Transmission India Pvt. Ltd. regional headquarters with executive, marketing, and sales offices. In addition, the facilities are designed for warehousing and customisation. “We believe it is important to strengthen our local presence in India to support our growing in-country operations,” said Allison Transmission, Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Lawrence E. Dewey. “I am extremely proud of the milestone this groundbreaking represents, and thankful to the Tamil Nadu government for its enthusiastic support.”