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Military Vehicle Transmissions-Potential for Cross Fertilization With the Commercial Sector?
Published January 01, 1991 by Institution of Mechanical Engineers in United Kingdom
Event: AutoTech 91
The transmissions and drivelines for many wheeled and, especially, tracked military vehicles have diverged considerably from those of their civilian counterparts over the last 40 years. The high performance, good cross-country mobility and "drivability" demanded by military users have lead to complex, sophisticated and specialized transmissions, which are produced in small number and often owe little to commercial practice.
Economic constraints on defence procurement and recent developments in the commercial sector have narrowed the technology gap but, as yet, resulted in little collaboration between the two fields.
This paper reviews the development of military vehicle transmissions an examines the potential for cross-fertilization and collaborative development, from which the commercial and military worlds could derive mutual technical and economic benefit.