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Parker Hannifin has developed a hydraulic system for an armoured vehicle that could play a vital role in war zones.

Designed and developed in the UK, the Ranger vehicle will provide at least three times the protection available from other military vehicles currently being used by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), withstanding IEDs (improvised explosive devices), bombs, mines, rocket propelled grenades (RPG 7) and all small arms fire.

Working in collaboration with Universal Engineering, Parker manufactured the vehicle’s complete hydraulic system including the engine cooling system fan units, rear ramp actuation mechanism, rear steering assembly, emergency ramp opening and the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) fans, to provide power if the main engine fails.

The 19-tonne Ranger is different to conventional armoured vehicles as it has no chassis and instead features an armour protected capsule, to which the automotive elements are fitted.

This design provides a high level of crew safety with the hull being indirectly connected to the engine, gear box and wheels.

Further protection is offered by the armoured belly plates, floating floor and energy-absorbing suspended seats, while the vehicle’s hardened cabin has been tested to withstand controlled explosions several times the force of Nato’s standard test for this type of vehicle.

The Ranger is fitted with a 6×6 AWD with automatic gearbox, has variable height control, independent suspension and central tyre inflation systems.

Its cabin is bullet proof and bomb resistant, with the special double-skinned V-shaped hull offering at least three times the protection of existing vehicles.

Parker Hannifin — Parker Sales UK

With annual sales exceeding $10bn, Parker Hannifin is the world's leading manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of commercial, mobile, industrial and aerospace markets.

To meet its customers' needs in motion and control, Parker provides the broadest range of products available from any single supplier. This is supported by expertise in nine major technologies:

  • Hydraulics
  • Pneumatics
  • Electromechanical
  • Filtration
  • Process control
  • Fluid and gas handling
  • Sealing and shielding
  • Climate control
  • Aerospace

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