Rubber Track for Defense Vehicle

Subsidiary involved
Soucy International, Rubber Tracks Division

Soucy Techno Inc.
Department of defense (DOD) and Defense Vehicule Manufacturers (OEM)

Soucy International has shown great ingenuity in creating tracks adapted to vehicles weighing more than 35 tons.

The Need

Protective equipment is crucial in the design of defence vehicles in order to allow the personnel to complete their mission. However, limiting the total weight of the vehicle dictates the level of security provided by this equipment. By reducing the weight of the tracks, it is possible to add protective equipment to these military vehicles.
Moreover, the use of metal in the manufacture of tracks increases maintenance needs and decreases the track and equipment durability due to vibrations; the metal track is therefore associated with high operating costs and a short service life. Metal tracks are also noisy, hampering field communications.

The Challenge

Unaffected by corrosion and dirt in addition to reducing noise, vibration and weight, rubber tracks are a perfect, economically viable solution to the many problems associated with the use of metal tracks. However, the Soucy Defence team had to adapt the components to the new material while still meeting the strict standards and specifications prevailing in this sector.

The Solution and its Advantages

The Soucy International teams, in collaboration with other Soucy branches, developed a track with the same thickness and width as metal tracks, but capable of withstanding much heavier loads. The secret of this great technical success is rooted in the choice of materials and the composition of the track.

  • Reduction of the vehicle weight, allowing additional protective equipment
  • Minimization of fuel consumption
  • Increase of the top speed
  • Decrease in the braking distance 
  • Reduction of vibration and noise, favouring comfort and communication
  • Reduction of vibration for better protection of electronic components and ammunition