Dana demonstrates defense and vocational vehicle technologies at AUSA

Defense and vocational technologies Dana will display at AUSA include its central tire inflation system featuring a new mechatronic control unit option.

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Dana Holding Corporation will demonstrate its longstanding support of the defense industry this week at the Association of the United States Army's Annual Meeting (AUSA) with enhanced tire-management technologies.

Located in booth 7729, Dana will promote the latest upgrades to its industry-leading Spicer central tire inflation system (CTIS). The performance of lower-flow CTIS applications for smaller government defense and vocational vehicles is now optimized with a new mechatronic control unit (MCU) option. This technology identifies and reacts to tire-inflation issues more effectively by enabling individual wheel control. The MCU is an integrated unit that includes electronic, computer, and mechanical engineering for delivering improved reliability, a smaller footprint, reduced weight, and less wiring complexity.

Available now, Spicer CTIS with the MCU option has been specifically engineered for ground mobility vehicles (GMV), internally transportable-light strike vehicles (ITV-LSV), and high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWV). It is also installed on the three vehicle designs that have entered the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase for the Army and Marine Corps Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program.

Spicer CTIS technology maximizes vehicle mobility by allowing operators, from inside the cab, to adjust tire pressure to the optimum footprint on any terrain. Used on thousands of military vehicles worldwide over the past two decades, this innovative system also allows vehicles to operate effectively with extremely low tire pressures and makes it possible to free a stuck vehicle or take on grades and other extreme conditions, transporting soldiers to safety in the most strenuous environments. 

Spicer CTIS has been selected for most military vehicles that use a tire management system, including the Oshkosh family of medium tactical vehicles (FMTV), the Textron M1117 armored security vehicle, and the International MaxxPro mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle.

Dana's history of support for the U.S. military dates to World War I, when it helped develop the Liberty Truck and produced four-wheel-drive-truck axles, universal joints, and anti-aircraft shells. In World War II it earned the Army-Navy "E" Award for "high achievement in the production of war equipment," including the four-wheel-drive system for the Jeep – an advanced version of which it continues to produce more than seven decades later. It has also supplied products for the HMMWV since 1983.