Roush Technologies, the Brentwood, Essex-based automotive and defence sector engineering specialist, has announced the first major order for its latest military Roll-over Protection System (ROPS) modular seating design.
The contract, valued around £5m, is for the supply of over 1,100 Enhanced Seating Kit (ESK) units and is scheduled for completion within 12 months.
The Roush Technologies ROPS multi-seat package has been designed primarily to offer an enhanced seating capability for troops to travel safely in the rear of UK Forces’ fleet of MAN 4×4 and 6×6 support vehicles.
The two-section modular assembly is available as a six-seater or an eight-seater configuration to provide flexibility of use between support vehicles in current and future service.
The system, tested at Cranfield Impact Centre, encases each occupant within an individual safety zone and has been designed to comply with agricultural roll-over regulation 77/536/EEC and coach roll-over regulation ECE R66.
Each frame module accommodates a series of two-part vacuum formed ABS seats, plus a four-point quick release harness. Clearances have been designed to accommodate a soldier in body armour, a webbing kit and battle helmet. Stowage is provided for a standard Bergan and a clamping arrangement is fitted to secure a weapon.
Bill Waddell, business development manager at Roush Technologies, said: ‘The ROPS programme is an excellent example of Roush Technologies’ ability to fulfil major tier level supplier requirements for prime contractors.
‘It also demonstrates the increasing diversity of our defence engineering capability – which includes base design, vehicle integration, VIK programmes – and, of course, the already successful high mobility lightweight air-portable battlefield mule platform and the diesel quad bike.’