Alcon Launches New Armored Vehicle Brake Caliper


Source: Alcon Components Limited

Staffordshire, England – Alcon have launched a brand new bespoke armored vehicle brake caliper. The new CIR46 has been designed and developed to fit 4×4 and 6×6 type military vehicles operating at 12-25+ ton GVM. 

Offered to the global defense and security market, this caliper allows OEMs, fleet managers, maintainers and vehicle modification companies to fit an off-the-shelf, military special brake system. The CIR46 significantly increases braking performance and reduces both weight and cost in comparison to existing alternatives.

Developed to fill a gap in its current defense and specialist vehicle brake range, the newly launched CIR46 brake caliper sits between their existing CIR15 and CIR55 calipers. Alcon can now offer bespoke braking solutions for every type of defense and security vehicle from armored SUVs, such as the Toyota Land Cruiser, all the way up to 8×8 type armored giants, such as the Patria AMV. The new CIR46 is expected to be used on military vehicles based on commercial off the shelf chassis, such as the Ford F550 and Mercedes UNIMOG.

Already firmly established in the defense and security vehicle marketplace, Alcon braking solutions have been sought out by some of the world’s finest special forces vehicle manufacturers. Amongst other key defense players, Supacat, the designers of the Jackal vehicle, BAe, Ricardo, Patria and Jankel have turned to Alcon to obtain bespoke, tailored braking systems that fully meet the demanding requirements of the challenging, high-performance, modern-day battlefield.

Jonathan Edwards, Group Sales Director at Alcon said: “this new caliper fills a gap we had identified in our range of brakes. We’ve already successfully developed and delivered bespoke solutions to both the light and heavy ends of the defense market, but the new CIR46 will allow us to also solve braking problems in the medium weight range. As well as marketing our brakes directly to vehicle developers and manufacturers, we see our customers for CIR46 being axle manufacturers who are selling their axles to the defense and security OEM’s. Using the technology and capabilities we’ve developed in motorsport allows us to offer significant performance benefits to the military and specialist markets, including crucial weight savings. Our automotive production experience allows us to deliver quality and value for money to our customers, globally.”

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