Meritor unveils systems to enhance military vehicle maneuverability

Sept. 18, 2013 at 5:44 AM
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TROY, Mich., Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Meritor Inc., an advanced engineering company, is touting two new electronic systems it says improve the mobility of military vehicles in all terrains.

The systems are SmartFlow Central Tire Inflation System and DriveCommand Drivetrain Control for customized tire pressure and drivetrain management through mud, sand and snow, on highways and cross-country terrain.

SmartFlow automatically monitors and adjusts tire inflation as needed with a single pneumatic control unit.

"Both systems improve vehicle performance for warfighters in extreme conditions because drivers can easily control tire pressure, differential locking and transfer case positioning," said Tim Burns, Meritor's vice president, North America. "Our engineering investment in developing these two electronic systems extends our defense product line to include wheel valves and electronics."

The U.S. Army and Marine Corps are expected to be first-time users of the systems, which can be integrated into any military vehicle with an onboard air compressor.

Both systems will be on display later this month at the Modern Day Marine defense tradeshow at Quantico Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va.

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