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———————————————————————–20 Mar 12. TEK Military Seating is making a return visit to this year’s Defence Vehicle Dynamics (DVD) show at Millbrook. We will be showing our newly developed ProTek™ range of crew seats, which offer unrivalled flexibility, modularity, functionality and cost effectiveness. The new ProTek™ range follows TEK’s proven modularity concept into the military vehicle crew seat sector, having successfully supplied a number of upgrade programmes with economical, off-the-shelf solutions. The introduction of a universal, tested to M1 standard, seat frame to which modules can be fitted, makes ProTek™ the most versatile crew seating system available today, offering levels of flexibility never before seen in both Legacy and new Build fleets. Customers can choose from an extensive list of options, tailoring the seating solution to the vehicle and threat. Seats can also be upgraded to full blast protection – even years after installation -without needing to replace the seat. Seats can either be mounted directly to vehicles (wall mounted) or by means of the ProTek Stack System™ which enables seats to be mounted/removed within seconds, offering platform users maximum flexibility, as Stack Mounts can also be used to attach Stretchers, Command/Communications Pods. We also offer a Rail Mount system which allows seats and utility units to be mounted at varying heights within the vehicle. Seats are available in widths of 450mm, 500mm or 550mm, as standard, trimmed in military approved, anti-bacterial, flame-protected, water-impervious, hard wearing fabrics with D3O foams to offer additional ride comfort and complementary protection during a blast event.

21 Mar 12. The Australian Government has approved a funding of $15m to manufacture components of the next tranche of Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles (PMVs) for the Australian Defence Forces (ADF). In a joint press release with Australian Defence Materiel Minister Jason Clare, Defence Minister Stephen Smith said the government’s multi-million dollar spending on new parts was the next step in securing another Bushmaster contract for Thales. The vehicles are currently being built at the Bendigo factory by Thales Australia, which is also the preferred manufacturer of the Hawkei vehicle, slated for production in 2016. The order, expected to be awarded in late 2012, involves funding for the steel and hull components, axle and suspension systems, fire suppression systems, wheel rims, radiators, gun rings and drive shafts. Additional components include seats, insulation, hydraulic system components, as well as engines and ancillaries. Smith said the full approval to acquire additional Bushmasters will depend on Thales demonstrating an efficient, effective and innovative programme to maintain core protected vehicle manufacturing skills at Bendigo facility. The Bushmaster PMV is a 4×4 armoured vehicle available in a range of variants including troop transport, ambulance, direct fire, mortar, engineer and command for application in combat and combat support roles. (Source: armytechnology.com)

21 Mar 12. Navistar announced that as of January, more than 100,000 2010 EPA compliant MaxxForce® diesel engines have been built, making it one of the most quickly adopted engines in the industry. MaxxForce engines by Navistar provide a full range of power options enabling fleets to pair strength with efficiency to conquer some of the most demanding applications, with an emissions technology that is the most advanced in the industry. MaxxForce CleanBurn™ Emissions Technology uses an intelligent control system integrated with a proprietary high pressure-injector and combustion bowl for a more complete and cleaner burn, achieving current emissions compliance in-cylinder and eliminating the need for additional equipment, fluids or hassle. The most

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