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By Julian Nettlefold, Editor, BATTLESPACE

11 Sep 07. Ricardo announced the formation of its Defence Systems & Technologies strategic business unit. The new strategic business unit will be focused on the facilities and expertise of the Ricardo Special Vehicles group with its strong reputation in defence sector and specialist vehicle design and construction. Crucially however the new strategic business unit will leverage the latest
automotive technologies developed throughout the Ricardo group in areas such as next generation combustion systems, hybrid and electric vehicle powertrains, NVH, transmission and driveline systems, active safety and control & electronics.

Commenting on the formation of the Ricardo Defence Systems & Technologies strategic business unit, Paul Tarry, operations director of Ricardo Special Vehicles Ltd, said: “The new Ricardo Defence Systems & Technologies strategic business unit will enable us to improve significantly the level of service provided to our defence sector customers. It will provide a central focus enabling the team to access some of the very latest automotive innovations and technologies and apply them in the context of advanced military vehicle design and development. We look forward to working with our customers to develop the next generation of high performing, fuel-efficient, safe, reliable, cost efficient but most of all effective, defence and peace keeping vehicles.”

With technical centres and offices in the UK, USA, Germany, the Czech Republic, China, Japan and Korea, Ricardo is a leading independent technology provider and strategic consultant to the world’s transportation sector industries. The company’s engineering expertise ranges from vehicle systems integration, controls, electronics and software development, to the latest driveline and transmission systems and gasoline, diesel, hybrid and fuel cell powertrain technologies. Its customers include the world’s major vehicle, engine and transmission manufacturers, tier 1 suppliers and leading motorsport teams.

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