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Jankel develops BLASTech Seat

1st October 2015 - 08:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Jankel has developed BLASTech Seating line up for Scout SV Turret, a part of the Lockheed Martin UK Scout SV Turret Programme, it was announced on 28 September. 

The company has designed, manufactured, developed and tested the seat. BLASTech will be integrated on to the platform that will serve the UK Army 2020 fleet. BLASTech is an innovative solution for vehicle seating that provides specific ergonomic design and enhanced protection against blast threats. 

The company has also developed a new solution that uses air bladder cushion to reduce the physical effects related to whole body vibration (WBV). It is a modular system that can be installed in both new and legacy vehicle fleets.

Jankel has developed a method to test survivability systems against the high dynamic loads experienced in the initial stage of a blast event, of peaks up to 11,000 G.

The company has produced the load input, which occurs during the initial and most extreme phase of the blast event, using a bespoke surrogate blast test rig. The company will perform physical drop test on BLASTech seat systems in addition to the new testing method to fully verify survivability. 

Lee Palmer, chief engineer, Jankel, said: ‘Jankel is committed to developing its products and testing capability and are excited about the opportunities that our new technologies provide. Creating these new methodologies has allowed Jankel to build and test floor mounted seats that combat the effects of dynamic floor movement. This is as well as implementing a brand new solution for combating the effects of Whole Body Vibration to users. These advances in protection are proving that Jankel are, once again, striving to provide safer working environments for troops.’

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