The US Army is testing Michelin Tweel airless tyre technology via its Yuma Proving Ground operation and specifically its Tropic Regions Test Center (TRTC).
While the deserts of Southwest Asia have been the most common location of American military involvement for nearly twenty years, the US Army reports that the majority of the world’s conflicts have occurred in tropical areas. Amongst the US Army’s key questions: will muddy, biomass-laden jungle terrain destroy the integrity of wheels and tyres on a combat vehicle?
Versarien plc, which makes nanocompounds for tyre applications amongst other things, is was awarded a product development funding from the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), a part of the Ministry of Defence at the end of November 2020.
In April 2019 the US Department of Defense awarded Goodyear a $38 million contract via its Defense Logisitics Agency. This three-year deal for the delivery of aircraft tyres is the most recent in a long supply relationship between the US tyre maker and the country’s military. This relationship continues, despite President Trump’s call for a boycott of Goodyear.
Petlas has introduced two new military tyre models, the RM900 and RM910. The products are dedicated to mixed use, designed to increase performance and driving safety for vehicles in the event of damage to the tyres. With proper inflation, Petlas says the new tyres provide significant benefits for armored support vehicles, such as ride comfort, maneuverability, steering stability and help in overcoming obstacles. The two tyres are designed to boost traction in mud, sand and snow.
Nokian Heavy Tyres has introduced a successor to the Nokian MPT Agile, and it says this new-generation tyre offers “several improvements over the original.” The Nokian MPT Agile 2 takes up its predecessor’s remit of offering manoeuvrability, grip and reliability both on and off the road and at any speed; the tyre is aimed at defence and peacekeeping applications, rescue vehicles and off-road trucks.
A very small percentage of Kumho Tire’s output in recent years was shipped to the Republic of Korea Air Force for its F-16 fighter and T-50 trainer jet, and this military business was a complicating factor in the sale a 45 per cent stake in the tyre maker to China’s Doublestar Tyre. Following the vote to accept Doublestar’s KRW 646.3 billion (£441.9 million) bid, Kumho Tire has requested that South Korea’s government cancel its designation as a defence-related company. This request is now being reviewed.
Canada-based Gratomic Inc. has signed a letter of collaboration with Perpetuus Carbon Technologies Limited to develop and market graphite-derived graphenes and graphene hybrids for tyre elastomers. According Gratomic, a number of end-user customers (which in this case means tyre manufacturers) are already road-testing tyres based on this material. Bicycle tyres, motorbike tyres, military tyres and race tyres are said to be key areas of interest.
Michelin’s fleet division has extended its relationship with the UK Armed Forces Rally Team (AFRT) – the Ministry of Defence’s only tri-service motorsport squad. The deal will see Michelin continue to supply Latitude Cross and XZL tyres for the team’s seven Land Rover Wolf rally vehicles until at least the end of the 2018 season.
Apollo Tyres is reportedly developing tyres for India’s defence forces that will be manufactured at the company’s facility in Chennai, India. The Chennai facility currently produces 16,000 passenger car tyres and 6,000 truck-bus radials per day, according to Apollo. The company is in the process of doubling the truck-bus radial capacity at the factory to 12,000 tyres per day.
Michelin’s new X Force ZL for military and civilian all-terrain trucks boast the highest tyre load-carrying capacity on the market. The product, suitable for such vehicles as airport fire tenders, will therefore receive a significant payload advantage when fitting the deep tread tyres.
Both civilian and military users are considered target customers for the latest Michelin tyre, the off-road, run-flat X Force ZL. Produced in size 335/80R20, the tyre is commercially available from mid-February 2017.
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company was formally presented with the 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award on 26 August during a ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. The Freedom Award was given to 15 companies selected from more than 2,400 nominations an acknowledges.
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has been named a recipient of the 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the nation’s highest honour given to employers for exceptional support of guard and reserve employees. Goodyear and the other recipients will be honoured in a ceremony at the Pentagon on 26 August.
In a world of uncertain requirements and demands of future campaigns, militaries all over the world are being forced to adapt their supply chains and the life cycle management of their assets. With this in mind, Defence IQ is hosting the 12th Annual Defence Logistics symposium. The event, which runs from 18 – 20 February 2015, welcomes a large number of representatives from large defence manufacturers, coming to discuss their specific supply chain challenges and to share common solutions.