Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) has announced a partnership with Adelaide-based suspension and technology company Supashock for the development and manufacture of a revolutionary military suspension and integrated intelligent load handling system for its range of military trucks.
RMMV has funded Supashock to develop the system for the Australian and global markets. The system integrates Supashock’s novel active suspension technology with an intelligent load handling system and will substantially increase the capability and safety of RMMV’s military trucks in demanding on and off-road environments.
Through comparative testing Supashock’s suspension technology has been shown to substantially improve the mobility of RMMV’s trucks, while at the same time enhancing on-road safety and reducing the shock and vibration experienced by the load the truck is carrying. Rheinmetall sees broad application of the integrated intelligent load handling system and Supashock’s suspension technology on both Australian and international programs as it will deliver a real capability edge for our customers.
Rheinmetall’s investment in Supashock follows a Government entrepreneurs grant that was recently announced by Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne.
“We are strong believers in the technology that Supashock has developed as it will provide a step change in the performance of both our tactical and logistic vehicles,” Rheinmetall’s Head of Vehicle Systems Division Ben Hudson said.
He added the investments by Government and Rheinmetall in the technology are an excellent example of industry and Government working together to support Australian companies.
“This partnership will deliver real benefits for the Australian economy through the generation of local jobs, while creating substantial export opportunities for Supashock.”