eSuspension, Enhanced Mobility For Military Vehicles

The Eurosatory Defense and Security International exhibition, held June 11-15 in Paris, proved to be a surprising platform for the introduction of new electrified components and drive systems. 

Meritor, Inc. announced at Eurosatory that its electrified ProTec eSuspension and ProTec Enhanced Mobility System for military and off-road civilian applications are now available to European customers.

Supporting the ProTec systems is Meritor’s proven MTC-3200-GV series transfer case that also fits a range of transport, logistical and technical vehicles that must operate in challenging conditions.

The eSuspension system for tactical wheeled military vehicles and armored personnel carriers features Meritor’s integrated eCarrier drive system that replaces a conventional mechanical engine with an electric motor integrated into the rear drive axle. The configuration is designed to deliver a low sound signature. In addition, the integrated carrier design provides a smaller, more compact solution that allows batteries to be located inside the frame rails for a more protected operation, Meritor said.

The eSuspension is designed for a gross axle weight rating up to seven tons and is available in one- and two-speed options. The double-wishbone independent suspension design offers improved off-road capacity and performance and is available as steerable front- and rear-driven options.

The ProTec Enhanced Mobility System is designed for improved off-road capability and performance for tactical wheeled vehicles, offering gross vehicle weight rating up to 10 tons.

Featuring an optimized frame rail design and Meritor Xtended Lube drivelines, the chassis has 14.5 in. (368 mm) of ground clearance to deliver improved off-road performance. Wheel travel of 11.5 in. (292 mm) helps to maintain contact with the ground in extreme off-road conditions. Features include a 35-degree steer angle offering maneuverability in close quarters, lightweight differentials and wheel-ends and high-performance, four-piston hydraulic disc brakes.

The MTC-3209-GV (MTC/RTC 60) transfer case for direct mount on Allison  3000 transmissions is designed to minimize sound and vibration. Built with a lightweight aluminum housing to increase payload capacity, the compact T-case reduces  installation space.

“By using advanced technologies such as electrification, Meritor is developing products for military applications that are environmentally friendly without sacrificing performance,” said Joe Muscedere, vice president, Off-Highway, Specialty & Defense or Meritor. “When paired with proven performers such as the MTC-3200-GV series transfer case, these new products provide today’s military with solutions that have an eye toward the future.”

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