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BAE Systems CV90 tracked armored uses technology of Formula 1 to run faster on rough terrain.
BAE Systems is upgrading its CV90 tracked combat vehicles with technology developed for Formula 1, allowing them to travel up to 40pc faster on rough terrain. BAE Systems has fitted 'active damping' developed on the racetrack to military vehicles, making then 40pc faster over rough terrain. (By Alan Tovey, Telegraph UK)
     
BAE Systems is upgrading its CV90 tracked combat vehicles with technology developed for Formula 1, allowing them to travel up to 40pc faster on rough terrain. BAE Systems has fitted 'active damping' developed on the racetrack to military vehicles, making then 40pc faster over rough terrain.BAE Systems Armadillo CV90 at Eurosatory 2010, defense Exhibition in Paris, France.
     
BAE Systems is fitting the armoured vehicles with “active damping” suspension systems. The engineering breakthrough, pioneered in the high-octane world of motor sport, measures the speed of the vehicle and the terrain ahead. It then adjusts the suspension accordingly, making the vehicle more stable and less liable to pitch backwards and forwards.

BAE said that in tests the CV90s – which have a top speed of 70kph (43mph) – were able to achieve to increase their top speed over uneven terrain by more than third. In recent trials, a CV90 fitted with active damping set a new course record, beating more expensive main battle tanks.

The system has several other benefits too. As well as making the CV90 a more stable weapons platform, meaning it is easier for its gunners to hit targets, adaptive damping also reduces crew fatigue as they are not thrown around so much.
BAE also said that the reduced movement results in less wear and tear on the vehicle’s suspension, cutting maintenance costs.
     
     
Active damping was developed in lightweight Formula 1 more than 20 years ago, and has since transferred into high-end road cars. However, BAE is claiming a world first by introducing it into heavyweight armoured vehicles, with CV90s weighing upwards of 30 tonnes.

Dan Lindell, BAE’s programme manager for the CV90, said: "Adapting the active damping system for the first time from a light weight car to a heavy tracked vehicle such as CV90 was a unique challenge for us, but this advanced technology will deliver results to our customers in terms of vehicle performance and savings on the through life costs, as well as providing real benefits to the front line solider."

The CV90, which is built by FTSE 100-listed BAE’s Hagglunds business in Sweden, is in use with the Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian and Swiss military and has been deployed in Afghanistan.

In 2010, BAE Systems has unveiled the new Armadillo concept of its CV90 armored combat vehicle family at the Eurosatory 2010 trade show outside Paris.

This is a concept of a flexible family of vehicles of modular type built around the CV90 platform. The Armadillo is an ideal armored combat vehicle, which offers a balance between high mobility, high payload and extremely high protection; should have a practical and effective interface for digitally equipped soldiers and the digital battlespace
 

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