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18 Mar 10. Horstman Inc buys the Trade of Davis Technologies International. Horstman Inc, the newly formed USA based specialist suspension company, has acquired the Assets and Intellectual Property Rights of Davis Technologies International Inc, Texas USA. Davis Technologies International is a leading Company in the design and development of high performance compressible fluid suspension systems for military vehicles, fire tenders and off-road vehicles. The CEO of Davis Technologies, Leo Davis has a world renowned reputation in design and development of off-road vehicles for more than 20 years. Davis Technologies has developed a range of compressible fluid and actively controlled suspensions that offer significant on and off-road capabilities relative to conventional suspension systems. The Davis Technologies business will be transferred to Horstman Inc in Michigan which has been set up to support the existing business Horstman Defence Systems Limited has in the USA. Current Horstman US programs are the M777 Lightweight Towed Gun and the Paladin PIM, both with BAE Systems. Horstman Inc will support the pursuit of the future Ground Combat Vehicle suspension system and emerging new programs in the USA and Canada. Horstman was previously part of the FCS MGV suspension team and provided the InArm® hydropneumatic suspension systems for the NLOS-C chassis demonstrators. Horstman Inc will leverage Davis’s existing compressible fluid technology worldwide by adding Horstman’s extensive marketing, program management and manufacturing expertise. Horstman Defence Systems is recognized as the world leading suspension developer for military vehicles. Horstman is an original equipment designer, developer and manufacturer, with an established design and manufacturing pedigree in the development, complex machining, assembly, test, and project management of defense products. Horstman has a proven production product range starting with ultra lightweight towed howitzers, air transportable wheeled vehicles through medium weight Infantry Fighting Vehicles up to the heaviest Main Battle Tanks. Horstman’s other current programs include Patria’s 8×8 AMV, the British Army TERRIER® Engineer Vehicle and the Korean K9 family of tracked vehicles. Horstman’s latest suspension solution is for the UK Ranger family of vehicles (MRAP-II) that provides exceptional mobility for highly protected vehicles. Horstman are currently engaged in several other important international new vehicle programs and suspension upgrades for tracked and wheeled vehicles to improve survivability, mobility and load carrying on rough terrain.

11 Mar 10. Sweden receives responses for rerun AWV competition. The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) received responses to its request for quotations (RfQ) regarding its competition for a new Armoured Wheeled Vehicle (AWV) on 9 March. The new competition follows one originally run in 2009, when following trials the Finnish Patria Land & Armament Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) was selected over the Swiss MOWAG Piranha IIIC (8×8) and the BAE Systems SEP (6×6). (Source: Jane’s, JDW)

05 Mar 10. US Army explores options for

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