TIAX Awarded Contract by U.S. Department of Defense To Develop Suspension System for Vehicles

TIAX will develop, fabricate, and assemble the propulsion and suspension system for the Army’s 4-wheel drive Mongrel, a test vehicle which is roughly the size of a standard pickup truck.

TIAX today announced it has been selected by the U.S. Department of Defense to develop a propulsion and suspension system for the Army’s Mongrel test vehicle. The Phase II, $730,000 contract was awarded to TIAX through the U.S. Department of Defense’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

The goal of the project is to develop enhanced propulsion and suspension systems for military ground wheeled vehicles. Specifically, TIAX will be developing, fabricating, and assembling complete propulsion and suspension corner assemblies for the 4-wheel drive Mongrel, which is the Army’s technology demonstration vehicle that is roughly the size of a standard pickup truck.

“Our objective is to help ensure that the transport of our military personnel and equipment takes place as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible,” said Boyd Bucher, project manager for TIAX. “We look forward to working with the United States military on this project.”

A team of TIAX experts will specify and order in-wheel electric motors, planetary gear hubs, brake components, and two state-of-the-art suspension systems. These components will be integrated onto a swing arm design that is common to all four corners of the vehicle. This corner commonality is a design goal that is being driven by the Army’s desire to simplify its supply-line logistics for maintaining vehicles in the field.

“For this project we will draw on the significant expertise we have garnered over years of work in the areas of both automotive systems development and military operations,” said Bob Wilson, Managing Director in the Products Group at TIAX. “The improved propulsion and suspension system will result in a more efficient and safe vehicle overall and will assist the Army in managing and maintaining its field vehicles.”

In 2003, TIAX was awarded 13 contracts under the SBIR program.