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09 Feb 15. Iraq takes delivery of Czech armour. The Czech defence company Excalibur Army delivered an unspecified number of refurbished T-72 main battle tanks (MBTs) and BVP-1 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to Iraq on 5 February. “We do not wish to disclose the exact number of vehicles that were handed over to the customer yesterday, nor intend to disclose the overall number of either BVP-1 vehicles or T-72 tanks,” Excalibur spokesperson Andrej Cirtek told IHS Jane’s. “What I can say is that the contract calls for the delivery of over 100 refurbished vehicles over a period of several years.” The BVP-1 is the version of the BMP-1 that was built in Czechoslovakia during the Cold War. Cirtek added that Excalibur and the Iraqi defence ministry have agreed not to disclose the value of the contract saying only that it was worth several hundred million Czech crowns. Apart from supplying the vehicles, Excalibur Army will also deliver complete sets of spare parts for each vehicle. The Iraqi Ministry of Defence had been negotiating with several potential suppliers from Ukraine, Russia, and elsewhere in Europe. Excalibur CEO Jaroslav Strnad told media his company was selected by the Iraqi defence ministry over other potential suppliers because of the right balance between price, in-house know-how, and the ability to deliver the vehicles in a timely manner. Excalibur also began delivering refurbished BVP-1 infantry fighting vehicles and T-72 MBTs to the government of Nigeria beginning in late January. Similar to Iraq, Nigeria intends to use the armoured vehicles to combat Islamist insurgents active on its territory. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
12 Feb 15. The latest in rubber, multi-piece, run flat inserts for armoured fighting vehicles is unveiled on the Tyron Runflat Ltd’s stand, 07-C20 at IDEX 2015, being held in Abu Dhabi from 22 to 26 February.
The Tyron military ATR run flat is now available with Friction Shield, which is designed to further improve the performance of the world’s only multi-piece rubber run flat. At the heart of Friction Shield is a sealed lubrication system which bursts following tyre deflation. This provides the right amount of lubricant to ensure that the tyre is not damaged further by reducing the heat generated by friction between the insert and the inside of the tyre itself, this enables the vehicle to keep functioning effectively over longer distances and higher speeds.
Friction Shield’s lubrication system is in sealed sachets to stop it drying out, or becoming contaminated and is permanently attached to the run flat itself making it impossible to forget when changing tyres.
“For any run flat, adding lubrication inside the tyre is a critical part of the effectiveness of the product. Up to now it has been a messy affair and has frequently been forgotten resulting in the tyres overheating after a very short distance. The Tyron Friction Shield solves these problems in one,” said Richard Glazebrook, Chief Executive of Tyron Runflat Ltd.
He added, “We have done some pre-marketing of Friction Shield to our major customers and end users and all have been impressed with the benefits that it offers them.” The Tyron multi-piece rubber run flat insert, with Friction Shield is unique, allowing the changing of tyres, even at the side of the road, without using any special tools. Also on display on the company’s stand are the Tyron R4 and R6 wheels fitted with the All Terrain Rubber runflats which are not only multi-piece units but, like all Tyron run flats, have been ballistically tested. The R4 designed Alloy wheel with ATR gives double beadlock with a load rating of 1600kg and a guaranteed high level of flat tyre performance which is not possible with standard wheels. The R6 is a split rim design for buses, cash carrying and similar vehicles, w