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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.
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Dec 09. Millbrook invests in solar capability. Leading vehicle test and development facility, Millbrook, continues to advance its capability with investment in new equipment to simulate the effects of the sun’s rays on vehicles. The new solar radiation simulation equipment enhances the existing solar capability of the site’s Variable Temperature Emissions Chamber (VTEC). The VTEC has a temperature range of -40oC to +50oC and the solar simulation equipment will now provide full control over diurnal cycles replicating the sun’s intensity over one complete day. The new solar arrays are more easily installed and consist of six modular sections, measuring up to 4m in height, 3.1m in width and 6m in total length, offering full flexibility for variable vehicle size and contours. They can achieve an irradiance in excess of 1400W/m2. Andrew Beach, head of business development, commented: “Our solar capability enables us to perform tests that replicate sun exposure in the space of a day, which is time and cost-effective for clients in both the military and automotive sectors. Despite the turbulent economic climate, we continue to invest in and expand our facilities as part of our long-term business strategy to continue to lead the way in vehicle test and development.”
Dec 09. Iveco Massif 4×4. KAM wins new contract for 1100 diff lockers
KAM has already supplied 5200 diff lockers and 10400 KAM HD half shafts to Santana Motors SA for the Santana PS 10 military application. With the success of the rear diff locker system Iveco have launched a version of this vehicle for the civilian markets world wide. Many refinements have been made to the vehicle to bring it in line with the requirements that the civilian customer expects from a top range 4×4 vehicle. KAM Differentials Ltd are proud to announce that every OEM vehicle of the production line will have fitted as standard a KAM rear diff locker and in 2010 a optional front diff locker. The first orders of around 1100 diff locker and 2200 HD KAM shaft are being produced for delivery from January 2010. The KAM patented solenoid diff locker is also being developed for many other vehicle types such as Suzuki, Toyota and Land Rover.
BATTLESPACE Comment: KAM is running full speed ahead in supplying diff lockers and half shafts to armies around the world. The next order to be announced will be for the Czech Army. Kevin Mason told BATTLESPACE that, in spite of excellent results with the land Rover, he is having difficulty convincing the MoD to accept the KAM strengthen half shaft design, the deployment of which will save thousands of pounds and repair man hours. Once again, foreign armies have taken the lead in a British innovation.
09 Dec 09. The Peruvian Army is likely to purchase military tanks from China, according to the country’s Defence Minister Rafael Rey. Peru, which wants to purchase 80 to 120 tanks, has evaluated Chinese, German,
Russian, Ukrainian and Polish models, La Republica daily reported.
In addition, the country also plans to look at navy and air force purchases as well, Radio Programas del Perú quoted the defence minister as saying. The Peruvian Army recently test