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Runflats demoed on Springbuck APC

9th September 2019 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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DCD Protected Mobility has demonstrated Tyron ATR Multi Part (MP) runflats on its Springbuck armoured personnel carrier, which allowed for the vehicle to keep moving even when its tyres had been deflated.

The demonstrations focused on route clearance, during which the Springbuck set off a simulated improvised explosive device (IED) before coming under attack from enemy forces.  

At all times the vehicle was able to keep moving even though its tyres were no longer inflated, as the ATR MP runflats ensured that the damaged tyres were still locked to the wheel and did not spin independently of the wheel, the companies say. 

‘We have chosen to fit Tyron ATR Multi Part runflats as they ensure traction is maintained and the vehicle [is] able to keep moving for many kilometres at speed,’ Cornelius Grundling, general manager of DCD Protected Vehicles, said.

‘In addition, the logistic burden for our users is significantly reduced as changing the tyres does not require any specialist tools.’

The Tyron all terrain rubber runflat also passed ballistic testing, during which emphasis was placed on the connections to ensure that under ballistic attack the ATR is not compromised as rubber absorbs more energy than hard materials from kerb strikes and IEDs. 

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