Timoney Technology Limited of Ireland is an Irish company which designs, develops and manufactures powertrains and independent suspension systems for heavy duty trucks, motor coaches and military vehicles.
Military[edit | edit source]
Timoney designs and develops a variety of standard armoured and soft skin mobility systems for military, commercial and specialist applications, principally utilising an independent suspension technology.
Timoney Armoured Vehicles[edit | edit source]
Timoney designed a 4x4 wheeled APC, designated Marks I, II, II,( all one off's), and 5 Mark IV's and five Mark VI's were also built for the Irish army.
During 1975, 123 Timoney Armoured Personnel Carriers Mark V were subsequently built under license by Beherman Demoen as the BDX in Belgium. The BDX was then used by the Belgian Air Force and the Belgian Gendarmerie. Further licence agreements and direct sales have resulted in deliveries to the UK, Argentina, Middle East, Africa and the Far East. Pre-owned examples were sold to Mexico where they are still in service.
Australian Bushmaster Troop Carrier[edit | edit source]
In 1999, Timoney Licensee, ADI Ltd was awarded a contract to manufacture 350 infantry mobility vehicles for the Australian Defence Force. This vehicle is called the Bushmaster and is based on the Timoney MP44. Its hull design provides high levels of ballistic and mine protection. Outstanding mobility and crew comfort are achieved by use of a Timoney independent suspension system. The majority of Australia's Bushmasters are to be allocated to the Army, though 12 are operated by the Royal Australian Air Force's Airfield Defence Guards.
The vehicle has been more recently selected by the Dutch military for peace keeping and internal security roles. In July 2006 the Dutch Government announced an urgent purchase of 25 Bushmasters to equip Royal Netherlands Army units operating in Afghanistan.
Bronco All Terrain Tracked Carrier[edit | edit source]
In 1994, Timoney was contracted by Singapore Technologies Kinetics to develop the power pack and drive train for the Bronco ATTC. The system included front and rear axles, an integrated transfer box and the track system final drive units. Timoney has been the sole supplier of these components since the vehicle entered series production in 1999 following a contract award from the Singapore Armed Forces. The Bronco resembles an enlarged BvS 10.
Crusher Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle[edit | edit source]
Timoney Technology developed the traction and suspension system for the unmanned Darpa UPI Crusher vehicle. The suspension has an unprecedented 800+mm of wheel travel and is equipped with full ride height control, and temperature and load compensation. The wheel hubs are driven by direct mounted traction motors and are equipped with a central tyre inflation system, which, when combined with the suspension afford Crusher unparalleled mobility in all terrains.
Terrex AFV Family[edit | edit source]
The Terrex AV81 was initially developed in 2000 by Timoney for Singapore Technologies Kinetics. The initial design utilised conventional coil springs shock absorbers but later variants have seen the introduction of hydro-pneumatic struts with real-time damping control. An electric-hybrid drive system was also developed.
The Terrex AV82 was developed in 2005 equipped with a more advanced driveline and hydro-pneumatic suspension system. Development of this driveline involving new traction control systems and rear wheel steering continues.
CM-25 and CM-31[edit | edit source]
The Cm-25 4x4 and CM31 6x6 IFV, both in APC and SAM configurations, were produced in limited numbers for the ROC Army and are based on the Timoney Mark 8. They have been replaced in production by the CM-32.
CM-32[edit | edit source]
The CM-32 8x8 IFV is a further development of the 6x6 CM31. The Taipei Times reported that the AIFV has been chosen by the ROC military as its next wheeled armoured fighting vehicle. The AIFV is being built under license in Taiwan with a full transfer of technology.
Reports in September 2003 stated that Taiwan would be going ahead with its decision to procure a locally developed and manufactured 8x8 IFV. The project was launched in 2002, at a cost of NT$700 million (US$21.9 million).
Mass production started in 2007, with an initial order for 600 units. It is estimated that up to 1,400 CM-32s may end up being in operational service.
Rheinmetall[edit | edit source]
In October 2010, Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles agreed to cooperate with Timoney Technology; Timoney would make independent suspension and transmission systems for new types of RMMV vehicles. The first example is the Wisent.
References[edit | edit source]
- "Thumbs-up for new armored vehicle". Taipei Times. 12 January 2005. http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2005/01/12/2003219030. Retrieved 2007-06-04.
- Taiwan To Begin Mass Producing Armoured Vehicles. Retrieved on 9 August 2007.
- "defence.professionals". defpro.com. http://www.defpro.com/news/details/18772/. Retrieved 2010-10-17.
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