Sep 9, 2011 ASDNews Source : Penman Engineering Ltd
Friday, 9th September 2011 --[ASDWire]-- The new joint venture Penman-EKA Lightweight Recovery Vehicle (LRV) makes its international market debut at DSEi 2011 (Stand S8-270). EKA, the recognised leader in military recovery vehicle equipment, has teamed with Penman to build the new vehicle, which has been developed by industry to fill a perceived gap in current provision and inventory.
The Penman-EKA lightweight recovery vehicle is specifically designed to recover and suspend tow the new generation of protected lightweight vehicles which operate in forward areas of theatre and may require rescue from narrow and confined locations such as village streets - where heavier, full-width recovery vehicles cannot penetrate.
The first LRV vehicle to be built is based on a compact, 2.16 metre width, re-roled General Dynamics European Land Systems protected DURO 3 6x6 logistics chassis, although the concept package has been designed for application and integration with other suitable vehicle platforms. The unit also incorporates key elements and componentry from the current EKA SuperCompact equipment in service with the UK MoD Support Vehicle (Recovery) fleet, thereby reducing and simplifying any retraining burden, time delay for rapid mobilisation and downstream ILS support.
The EKA recovery equipment is integrated onto a specialist 'skid' built by Penman, which closely matches the operational requirements for both recovery and automotive performance.
In operation, the new unit is effectively similar to a downscaled version of the larger SuperCompact equipment, but it incorporates a number of innovative features which reduce weight and enhance capacity and mobility of the host chassis. The design has been subjected to extensive finite element analysis (FEA) during the design process to optimise fabrication detail for reliability and durability.
The recovery boom assembly comprises a telescopic rectangular section, the inner box of which carries the recovery bar assembly. The boom provides a maximum lift rating of 6 tonnes and a maximum casualty vehicle weight capability of 15 tonnes. An 8 tonne constant-pull capstan winch is fitted and, in order to anchor the vehicle when winching to the rear, two 8 tonne rated anchor spades are provided to enable two-part pulls to be carried out. Safe stand-off remote operation of the recovery system is controlled from a chest pack with a 10 metre umbilical, connected to a frame mounted control box on the vehicle. The chest pack features graduable paddle joysticks (suitable for gloved operation) for boom in/out, boom up/down and recovery bar levelling.
Apart from the specialist 'skid' onto which the recovery system is integrated, Penman has upgraded and modified the vehicle platform to meet anticipated operational requirements. An additional cab seat is provided within the fully armoured tilt cab - as are riot grilles and a cab escape facility. Up-rated heavy duty springs, shock absorbers and off-road tyres have been added to further enhance the vehicle's all-terrain performance. Other features include full fitment for current in-service ECM and EECM, including power provision and cooling.