Source: Alcon Components announcement
TAMWORTH, U.K. — Alcon Components Ltd has entered series production with the high-performance bespoke braking solution being provided to the Patria 6×6 all-terrain armored wheeled vehicle.
Patria is a global market leader in the production of armored wheeled vehicles and their 6×6 platform had been selected to be part of a joint program to develop sustained mobility enhancements for the Finnish and Latvian Armies. There are also a number of other global programs considering the Patria 6×6.
Following an initial development program, in 2018 Alcon was announced as the principal supplier of braking components for all Patria’s heavy armored vehicle range including the Patria 6×6.
Since then, Alcon has continued to work closely with Patria to determine the demanding requirements aligned to vehicle specification, usage profiles and operating environment; developing a bespoke braking system that matched the needs of these high-performance protected mobility defense vehicles.
With the exceptional performance of Patria’s wheeled vehicle range creating conditions close to that of a rally car, in terms of disc and pad temperature cycling, Alcon have been able to draw on their pedigree of providing braking solutions for the top echelons of motorsport to develop exclusive caliper and disc mounting concepts for Patria; a fusion of those seen on heavy commercial vehicles and high-performance motorsport.
“Series production” at Alcon for this type of product program involves the establishment of a specifically designed production line that is delivering 25 caliper and disc wheel sets per month in line with increasing demand for the Patria vehicle. Production capacity can also be increased to deliver larger numbers, as required.
With embedded and approved quality practices and procedures in place, Alcon ensures all aspects of the delivery comply with the customer’s exacting requirements. The establishment of this specific volume production capability will enable Alcon to match current and future demand for new vehicle production as well as meet volume spares support requirements for the next 15-plus years, as the vehicle transits through the full life cycle.
The Patria 6×6 is acknowledged as being unrivalled in performance and mobility, setting new standards for all future armored wheeled vehicles. Reliability is underlined by the multitude of commercial components used in the vehicle. Commercial components, long life-span and easy maintenance make the vehicle extremely cost-efficient; ideally matching the Finnish-Latvian program’s aim to develop a common armored wheeled vehicle system with enhanced mobility, cost-efficiency, interoperability and security of supply.
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