ZF Technology in Protected VehiclesNetwork of Competence

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Protected tracked and wheeled vehicles need to fulfill diverse functions, be able to cope with extreme on or off-road loads, as well as demonstrate maximum performance in the most demanding conditions. They are not only utilized in areas of conflict; they are also used on a global scale in terms of disaster control and the the most diverse fields of applications and tasks that rescue teams face. The quality as well as the special possibilities in the field of ZF special driveline technology keeps them reliably on the move.

In the field, protected wheeled vehicles usually travel cross-country. There, speed, maneuverability, as well as climbing and wading ability is required in addition to sophisticated four-wheel technology. It must be possible to easily tackle all terrain, each obstacle, every trench, and the vehicle must also be able to sneak just above the subsurface in "silent-watch mode".

Protected vehicles, whether tracked or wheeled, must demonstrate a reliable maximum power output in the most extreme conditions. The requirement for this is that the technical vehicle components and units must act and react in a harmonized manner. Consequently, system-oriented and linked thinking define the utilization-optimized ZF product development.

Bigger, faster, heavier - and at the same time being more economical and more environmentally friendly. The rapidly increased demands and the necessary adjustments to the skills profiles when deployed in international missions that demand the maximum performance of human and machine call for products that fulfil these tasks without compromise.

For decades, ZF Friedrichshafen AG has been producing drives, chassis, steering systems, components, as well as electronic software and assistance systems for protected wheeled and tracked vehicles, e.g. on behalf of the responsible departments at the German Federal Ministry of Defense.

It is always the task of the ZF Special Driveline Technology engineers to further develop components in a targeted and application-oriented manner in order to meet the dynamically increasing requirements of this special market segment. In doing so, they build upon the comprehensive know-how of the Group that has been proven millions of times in the field of driveline and chassis technology. Starting with the former manual multi-speed constant-mesh transmissions for mid-size and heavy tracked vehicles, ZF today equips the entire range of protected wheeled and tracked vehicles with state-of-the-art driveline and chassis technology.

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ZF Hybrid Technology in Protected Vehicles

ZF also dedicated itself to the further development of alternative propulsions; not only on the road, but also in terms of off-road applications. As a pioneer, the company developed the first hybrid drives for wheeled and tracked vehicles with OEMs and, in collaboration with the respective vehicle manufacturer, tested them in the toughest technical, geographic, and meteorological conditions. Powerful electric motors support the conventional drive and prevent high power peaks. Consequently, fuel consumption is drastically reduced, the engine is placed under a lower load, and the so-called "silent-watch operations" are facilitated without any problems whatsoever. With the designated integration of a hybrid module into the tried and tested transmission ranges, ZF is taking the logical step towards the future. As a consequence, the Group continues to develop innovations of great value.

ZF is also one of the global technological and innovative leaders in the field of protected wheeled and tracked vehicles. The focus of the developers is also placed upon the reduction of fuel consumption and emissions, the increase in productivity, ride comfort, and safety, as well as simpler operation and noise reduction. As a systems supplier, ZF concentrates on the entire driveline and connects the chassis, transmission, and steering systems with highly-developed software functions.

Numerous milestones in the development of protected wheeled and tracked vehicles can be attributed to ZF. With the 4HP250, ZF developed the first automatic steering/powershift transmission for the Leopard 1 on behalf of the German Federal Armed Forces for instance. Thanks to the further development of a variety of special applications for wheeled and tracked vehicles, it is now possible to achieve significant fuel consumption advantages while simultaneously increasing utilizability with a previously unimaginable efficiency.

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