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Roush demonstrates its widening military capability

Wednesday, 25th June 2008 --[ASDWire]-- Roush Technologies Limited returns to the UK’s Defence Vehicle Dynamics show this week, for the first time since it was acquired from its US parent, Roush Industries last December, by an investor group which included incumbent senior management. In line with plans announced at the time of the buyout, the trading name of the company will change by the end of this year.

Roush Unveils its ROPS Enhanced Seating Kit
Making its first appearance at DVD is the latest production version of Roush’s ROPS (Roll-Over Protection System). The multi-seat frame has been designed primarily to offer an enhanced seating capability for troops to travel safely in the rear of UK Forces’ fleet of MAN 4x4 and 6x6 support vehicles.

The Roush ROPS is built as a two-section modular assembly in a 6-seater and an 8-seater configuration – to provide optimum flexibility of use between support vehicles in current and future service. Each frame module accommodates a series of two-part vacuum formed ABS seats, plus a 4-point quick release harness. Clearances have been designed in to accommodate a soldier in body armour, a webbing kit and battle helmet. Stowage is provided for a standard Bergan and a clamping arrangement is fitted to secure a weapon.

Each ROPS frame has a mounting system compatible with both the MAN fleet and legacy vehicles interfacing with existing fittings on the vehicles. The modules are fitted with end-mounted fork pockets, to facilitate handling and installation. Frames are finished in a Nylon R polyamide coating.

Roush 6x6 Battlefield Mule Development
The successful Roush 6x6 lightweight air-portable system (LAS100) is already in service with UK MoD. Now, the company has further developed the design to fulfil a potential requirement for a lightweight high payload battlefield mule and casualty evacuation platform. The base vehicle has been reconfigured to offer two seats forward, whilst retaining optimum load space and payload capability – 1000 kilograms. Kerb weight remains exceptionally light – just under 800 kg – making the complete unit readily deployable by rotorcraft. Overall dimensions permit internal air-portability with both CH47 and C130.

The latest variant has also been re-engined – and top speed has been significantly increased. The exceptional mobility of the current in-service fleet has been retained – approach angle of 81 degrees, a departure angle of 50 degrees – and a laden traversing stability of 25 degrees. The unit is extremely stable in rough conditions.

Roush engineers have developed the platform and packaging to accommodate a range of turbocharged direct injection diesel engines between 1.4 and 2.0 litres. The fuel systems are designed to accept Diesel 1 and 2, JP8, JP5 and B20 bio-diesel. Automatic transmission and permanent all-wheel drive is retained. A fully NATO compliant 24-volt electrical system is incorporated, with a high performance, high output alternator.

Roush’s Diesel Quad Gets More Power
Quad bikes and ATVs continue to gain favour with operational units in theatre – particularly where troops are required to carry additional kit, extra weight – and at high altitude. Roush announced a supercharged version of its diesel-engined, Arctic Cat-based Quad bike last year. This year, the company unveils its pre-production version, with highly successful assessment trials on the unit having been completed recently.

Primary advantages include the machine’s rugged power delivery and ability to tow trailers and other equipment – plus its ability to run single battlefield fuel. Front and rear rack capacity is generous and a significant range of ancillary equipment, such as winches, can be provided.

Roush Militarises Quads For UOR
Underlining Roush’s experience and capability with Quad bikes is the company’s recent fulfilment of a UOR, to militarise and supply over 200 Yamaha Grizzly 450 petrol Quad bikes for use in theatre.

Roush reworked the units, replacing bodywork with military pre-coloured panels and adding a NATO towing hitch at the rear. Front winch is included – with the rope material changed from steel to synthetic. Handlebar and remote controls are fitted. Front and rear infrared lighting is installed, plus a control box and required wiring loom - and NATO and ERM plates are fitted. Final preparation includes the addition of run-flat sealant to the tyres, pre-delivery inspection and fuel.

Note to Editors:

Roush Technologies Limited:

Roush Technologies is one of Europe’s leading providers of advanced design and engineering services, specialising in the development of powertrains and related systems. It serves a diverse portfolio of multi-tier automotive and non-automotive clients, across a broad spectrum of industries including car and commercial vehicle, transportation, infrastructure, agriculture, defence and energy.

Established in the UK in 1995 and based in Brentwood, Essex, the business of Roush Technologies was acquired from its US parent, Roush Industries, by an investor group in 2007.

Company Information

Bill Waddell
Business Development Manager
Roush Technologies Limited
Prospect Way,
Hutton, Brentwood,
Essex CM13 1XA
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0) 1277 261400
Mobile: +44 (0) 7712 534521

Corporate Affairs:
Adrian Graves
Adrian Graves Limited
1 Diomed Drive, Hall Park
Great Barton, Bury St. Edmunds
Suffolk IP31 2TF
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0) 1284 787438
Mobile: +44 (0) 7860 311858


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