The armoured monocoque wheeled vehicles used worldwide for demanding operations are extremely complex systems which have to be considered under both technical and economic points of view – in particular with regard to their research and development. First and foremost are the user’s requirements as they provide the functional criteria for the system “vehicle” as a whole. When selecting and installing appropriate components it is essential to have know-how supplied by various specialised departments (for installing the vehicle, armoured and other systems) in order to come up to users’ expectations regarding both costs and development. Here both the manufacturers of armoured troop carriers as well as armed forces worldwide are confronted with the following challenges:
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- The increasing complexity of the systems which have to be installed in extremely confined spaces
- Dwindling defence budgets, which means that all current and new projects have to be reviewed
- Obsolete fleets of vehicles, which were not designed for future operations and are therefore in need of modernisation.
- The increasing importance of reduced life-cycle costs
- A guaranteed supply of spare parts and vehicle services for the entire life cycle of the vehicles
Regarding the choice of drivetrain concept, specialists ought to be involved from the very beginning in order to make sure that vehicle projects move in the right direction concerning aspects of development and costs both for the vehicle manufacturer and the final user.
The establishment of the new business unit “Special Chassis” is Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks’ answer to altered market needs. Based on the time-tried Mercedes-Benz Truck modular assembly system, Mercedes-Benz Special Chassis is now providing an integral system solution for the entire vehicle with a “Component Kit” which is absolutely in tune with the requirements of modern vehicle manufacturers in the 21st century as well as coming up to the latest military and technical vehicle standards.
From Component Kit to entire vehicle – that means for Mercedes-Benz Special Chassis providing a complete package covered by contract, guaranteeing complete technical and commercial customer care from the system solution “Component Kit” right up to its installation – which thus contributes to improved planning predictability for both vehicle manufacturer and end customer.
This extremely flexible approach makes Mercedes-Benz Special Chassis not only a reliable development partner, but also the first choice when it comes to selecting a “Component Kit” system solution especially when it is combined with the Mercedes-Benz worldwide service
and spare parts network which ensures best possible vehicle care throughout its whole life cycle and moderate life-cycle costs.
One thing is true for all Mercedes-Benz Component Kits: They include “mass-produced components adapted to military requirements”. With no limits set to diversity: whether two, three or four axles with varying wheelbases, tonnage from 12.5 tonnes right up to 45 tonnes, 4, 6 or 8‑cylinder engines, manual or automatic transmission, the most modern electronic architecture and instruments. When selecting a Component Kit, the manufacturer of armoured monocoque vehicles has recourse to time-tried safeguarded components and interfaces (mechanical, electric, hydraulic, pneumatic) which also come up to international STANAG standards.
Using the “Component Kit” system solution to meet special military requirements is however not just of interest for new projects, but for upgrading fleets of vehicles already in use. The improved performance standards required for vehicles and new challenges to be faced during operations are good reasons for modernising vehicles already used. The most important reason is however to lengthen the vehicle’s life cycle. Because a long life span saves resources and lowers life-cycle costs.
It does not matter what manufacturers of armoured vehicles require, they can rely on time- tried mass-produced components and decades of military vehicle know-how from Mercedes- Benz.