BAE Engineers Develop 'F1' Tank
Technology that is more associated with F1 racing cars has now been applied to tanks and other military tracked vehicles in order to improve speed and handling in combat situations. Engineers at BAE have successfully adapted a system more commonly used by pit crews on 700kg carbon fibre racing cars for use on tracked vehicles weighing as much as 35 tonnes. This presented engineers with a unique challenge.
The revolutionary Active Damping upgrade system has been applied to members of the CV90 combat vehicle family by engineers at BAE systems. The supercharged tanks now break records against standard tanks for speeding across tough terrain, and manoeuvrability has also been improved through the reduction of pitch acceleration by roughly 40%. The CV90 family of tracked and armoured vehicles is designed and built in Sweden by BAE Systems, and is used by armed forces across Scandinavia and globally by the UN and NATO.
Active Damping was introduced into F1 in the 1990s. The system works by detecting the vehicle’s speed and terrain variants ahead. Computers then adjust the suspension automatically to keep the vehicle running on a ‘flat’ track.
The improved stability reduces routine wear and tear on tracked armoured vehicles with the result that repair costs during the lifetime of the vehicle are greatly reduced. The CV90’s crew benefits from the new technology too. A smoother ride means a reduction in stress and fatigue – a problem experienced by combat troops in the field. The reduction in vertical motion also makes the gunner’s job of locating and hitting targets much easier.
Although a CV90 tank will never be seen on the racetrack at Silverstone, the adaptations will make it a much tougher force to be reckoned with in the field of combat as well as reducing maintenance costs, and making the lives of combat troops easier.
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