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TPI Composites has successfully completed accelerated durability testing and road testing on its All Composite Military Vehicle (ACMV).
The body structure of the ACMV, which was based on the military’s High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), including the frame rails, was constructed exclusively of composite materials and contains no metal. Standard HMMWV drive trains, suspensions and other accessories were fastened to the composite body with methods similar to those used for steel and aluminium HMMWV’s.
“We are very pleased with the performance of TPI’s All Composite Military Vehicle,” said CEO Steve Lockard. “A vehicle like this gives the U.S. Army several significant options to improve its HMMWV fleet. Not only will this vehicle give our troops increased mobility, its lighter, high-strength composition will allow for significant fuel efficiency and potentially allow for the addition of enhanced armour or greater payload. This is a huge step forward in military vehicle engineering.”
The next and last significant phase of testing of the ACMV is blast testing which is likely to take place in the first half of 2010.
This is not TPI’s first entrée into applying advanced composites in military vehicles. The company has designed and built improved HMMWV Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) hoods. It also designed and prototyped the first All Composite Cab for the Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) platform.
Like the ACMV, the HEMTT cab has successfully completed several tests required by the Army. In each case, TPI is said to have reduced significant vehicle weight and produced parts that enhance vehicle payload and personnel protection.
“We’re proud to apply our expertise in composite technology to assist the military in providing a lighter, safer, more durable vehicle for U.S. troops,” said Lockard.
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