Dana Holdings to work with Oshkosh on Joint Light Tactical Vehicles
Dana will supply its Spicer central tire inflation system (CTIS), which is designed to enhance defense vehicles that require high performance all-wheel-drive and off-road mobility. The main function of Spicer CTIS is improved traction and mobility enhancement.
All four tires on the vehicle can inflate or deflate quickly to the appropriate tire pressure depending on the terrain – increasing traction and enhancing the safety of troops operating the vehicle.
The performance of Spicer CTIS is optimized with a mechatronic control unit (MCU), which identifies and reacts to tire-inflation issues more effectively by enabling individual wheel control.
The MCU is an integrated unit that includes mechanical, electronic, and advanced computing capabilities for delivering improved reliability, a smaller footprint, reduced weight, and less wiring complexity.
Spicer CTIS is also useful for vehicle transport. When vehicles are being packed into a military transport aircraft with a low ceiling, the tires can easily be deflated to lower vehicle height and fit them into the aircraft.
Additionally, Dana will supply the thermal bypass valve, a device that is critical to engine performance. It prevents cold or partially warmed oils from leaving powertrain components such as the transmission.
Internal circulation of vehicle oils keeps thermal energy from dissipating to improve efficiency. ■