Soucy International Defense Division has been awarded a contract to manufacture and deliver prototype Segmented Composite Rubber Track (SCRT) systems for the US Army’s Ground Vehicle Systems Centre (GVSC) as part of the Platform Electrification and Mobility (PEM) project. This has been created to help develop, integrate and test essential electrification and mobility technologies necessary for soldier experimentation with manned and unmanned Next Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV) platforms.
Within the NGCV programme, there is the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) and the Robotically Controlled Vehicle (RCV). Soucy will refine existing SCRT technology as part of the OMFV Demonstrator within the PEM programme that is aimed to achieve its goals of:
- silent mobility
- reduced track system weight compared to conventional steel tracks
- decrease rolling resistance
- ease maintenance and the logistical burden.
Soucy CRT has made great improvements over the last 15 years, with the continuous, single loop design providing significant reductions in:
- acoustic and thermal signature
- increased fuel efficiency
- ease of maintenance which allows for reduced logistical support.
Segmentation of a composite rubber track could further reduce soldier physical maintenance burden, vehicle installation time and ease overall sustainment challenges in a contested operational environment. This prototype will allow the US Army and GVSC to evaluate demonstrated options of different track systems for the OMFV programme.