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09 Sep 10. ArvinMeritor, Inc.’s Meritor ProTec™ High Mobility Independent Suspensions (HMIS) will be standard on BAE Systems’ Caiman Multi-Terrain Vehicle (MTV), providing advanced force protection, mobility and ride quality. Initial production deliveries to BAE Systems will begin in November 2010. BAE Systems has received an award from the U.S. Government to upgrade 1,700 Caiman Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) multi-terrain vehicles (MTV). The Caiman MTV will include a chassis and powertrain improvement which includes the Meritor ProTec Series 50 heavy-duty independent suspensions.
“With this Caiman MTV award, we look forward to continuing our long-term relationship with BAE Systems,” said Tim Burns, general manager of ArvinMeritor’s Defense business unit. “We value the opportunity to supply our advanced independent suspension technology in support of our nation’s military.”
“We selected ArvinMeritor as our suspensions provider based on their proven performance and dedication to provide the most reliable and durable products for the warfighter,” said Chris Chambers, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems in Sealy, Texas.

09 Sep 10. Marshall Land Systems outlines foreign and domestic growth strategies. UK-based Marshall Land Systems has outlined its strategies for growth internationally and at home through a combination of partnerships, joint ventures and possible acquisitions. Tactical shelters and engineering specialist told Jane’s it has reached an “advanced” stage of discussions regarding the acquisitions of a fellow land systems specialist in the UK and that it is in talks with “two or three other companies” concerning either an outright purchase, partnership, or partial investment . (Source: Jane’s Defence Industry)

09 Sep 10. Supacat is playing a crucial role in The BLOODHOUND SSC’s bid to break the World Land Speed Record, in which the current record holder, Andy Green, will attempt a 1000mph record in South Africa in 2012. To support them during the high speed testing and record breaking runs the British team turned to Supacat for an all terrain, high mobility support vehicle capable of operating in the harsh desert conditions of the Hakskeen Pan. The vehicle has to be capable of carrying 1,500 ltrs of water, firefighting equipment, a crane, a spare 450kg rocket and four crew members in air-conditioned comfort. The solution is Supacat’s 6×6 wheel drive HMT600, two of which have been loaned by Supacat for the Project. The HMT 600, dubbed `Coyote`, is serving as the British Army’s Tactical Support Vehicle (Light) in Afghanistan.
“Supacat’s role in the Bloodhound project highlights how British innovation and engineering can the lead the world. We’re very proud to be part of this project”, said Nick Ames, Managing Director of Supacat.
The 10 tonne, 183 bhp truck reaches speeds of 80 mph fully loaded and will serve as a secondary response vehicle in the event of an accident or emergency. The 1,500 lts of water and firefighting equipment will be used to dilute the highly corrosive High Test Peroxide (HTP) being used as rocket oxidizer should there be a leak or a spillage. The Supacat HMT 600 w

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