Soucy’s Composite Rubber Track system will be fitted to the Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicle produced by Hanwha Defense under an agreement signed today.
The Redback is under consideration by the Commonwealth under an ongoing tender process for Project LAND 400 Phase 3, which is an $18 billion to $27 billion project tasked to acquire 450 Infantry Fighting Vehicles for the Australian Defence Force.
Soucy’s Composite Rubber Track (CRT) offers many advantages over conventional metal track designs including up to 70% less vibration, up to 13.5 decibels of noise reduction, less weight, better manoeuvrability, up to 80% less maintenance, and better efficiency that enables higher top vehicle speeds or fuel savings of up to 30%.
Should the Redback be selected, this arrangement will see 50% of Soucy’s CRT technology transferred to Hanwha Defense Australia to enable local manufacture of track mechanical components such as road wheels and idlers to be sub-licensed to Australian industry. This work is likely to be awarded to one or more small to medium sized companies following the completion of an ongoing market testing activity.
Soucy International recently won a contract to deliver prototype CRT systems to the U.S. Army Ground Vehicle Systems Centre where they will be used during experimentation of manned and unmanned Next Generation Combat Vehicle platforms.