Dana supplying Oshkosh JLTVs with key components for safety and performance

Dana is supplying key components to Oshkosh's JLTVs for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps., including its Spricer central tire inflation system and thermal bypass valve for critical engine performance.

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Dana Holding Corporation announces that it will supply key components to optimize the safety and performance of Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) to be manufactured by Oshkosh Corporation for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps.

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.

"For more than a century, Dana has supplied critical components for the U.S. military that our troops can rely on," says Mark Wallace, Executive Vice President of Dana and Group President of Dana's On-Highway Driveline Technologies. "We value the trust that Oshkosh has put in Dana's reputation for reliability and durability."

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. Dana's Spicer CTIS technology has been used on government defense vehicles for more than 20 years. Development of the current design has resulted from Dana engineers working closely with military vehicle manufacturers, including Oshkosh, to take a comprehensive systems approach and integrate components throughout the vehicle in an effort to fully optimize performance.

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