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Where the rubber meets the road


The challenges of the modern battlefield are constantly evolving and the ability to adapt to new operational parameters is a high priority for combat vehicles. But that flexibility must be combined with efficiency, durability and tactical advantages. With its composite rubber track, Soucy Defense has come up with a solution that can provide all of that, and more.


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f the last year has taught people anything it is that predicting the future is a dangerous game. In the military context, it is hard to foresee where battles may take place and what the specific needs of a fighting force on the ground will be. Advances in equipment and technology are, therefore, firmly aimed at achieving the adaptability needed to fight any foe, anywhere. There is an overriding imperative to deliver systems that can help a force to operate with maximum efficiency in many different scenarios, over varying terrain, with speed, stealth and resilience. To achieve this requires rethinking some familiar elements of a fighting force’s equipment, particularly its vehicles, and Canadian company Soucy has done just that with its composite rubber track (CRT). For decades, many armoured vehicles have relied on heavy and cumbersome steel tracks that, while increasing survivability compared with wheeled vehicles, have many downsides. Reliability is an issue, maintenance and repair are laborious, and the weight of metal tracks has a heavy impact on fuel consumption, manoeuvrability and speed. That paradigm, however, is about to change.


Soucy's latest innovation, composite rubber track (CRT), can be used on any tracked military vehicle. Adapt to survive


opponent,” says Kevin Sloan, business development director for Europe and Asia-Pacific at Soucy International. “The challenge facing OEMs and SMEs as we work to meet constantly evolving requirements is that we must have a foot in both camps, one in the past and one in the future,” he adds. “We must continue to support and improve the conventional deterrence, just as we are being asked to look over the horizon and consider capabilities that fit into a multi-domain


“The challenge facing OEMs and SMEs as we work to meet constantly evolving requirements is that we must have a foot in both camps, one in the past and one in the future.”


“Sustaining armoured formations over distance is costly in both equipment and maintenance effort – reducing this burden is a gamechanger and doctrinally offers the freedom to outmanoeuvre an


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environment. For Soucy, this dilemma is not as complicated as it is for some. We don’t anticipate a paradigm shift from tracked platforms, that evolution has happened – it is composite rubber track.”


Since the 1960s, Soucy has been designing components for leading manufacturers of motorsport, industrial, agricultural and defence vehicles. Partnering with all major OEMs in the defence sector, it has developed solutions, along with the required manufacturing capability, to meet the needs of all kinds of vehicles, from ATVs to large armoured transports. Its latest innovation, CRT, is designed to replace steel track on any tracked military vehicle with a durable material that is not only lighter – resulting in greater fuel efficiency – but also confers many operational benefits. Made with full rubber using compression moulding, it enables better manoeuvrability in all terrains, which increases crew combat effectiveness, and the fire and blast- resistant rubber track requires 80% less maintenance.


Able to work in environments with ambient temperatures between -50°C and


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