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An interesting sponsorship opportunity

November 15, 2018

  

An interesting sponsorship opportunity has come across our desks here at Chamois that we feel would be worth serious consideration by any UK company working in the defence sector. 22 year old Army Corporal, Adam Williams is competing for Great Britain in the challenging sport of Biathlon with a view to representing his country at the next Winter Olympics. He’s put together a presentation that sets out his plan and details what is on offer to anyone interested in forming a partnership that will promote their brand in an interesting and engaging way.

To learn more, please download and read his proposal here:

Biathlon Sponsorship Opportunity – Adam Williams

RSF Racing, Ducati Tri-Options Cup 2018 – Rookie Season Review

October 16, 2018

  

Sponsored by Chamois, RSF Racing, a UK-based, amateur motorcycle racing team competing at British Championship level, in association with the Army Road Race Team, have completed their first year in the Ducati Tri-Options Cup riding a Ducati 959 Panigale.  Rider, Richard Spencer-Fleet, has put together this end of season review for their ‘rookie’ season.

2017 was a horrendous year.  Having broken my neck, back, elbow, smashed my hand to pieces and dealt with a hefty head injury, everyone thought the bike-racing chapter of my life would be over.  Not so. During the months spent recovering at home, racing was one of the few things that kept me motivated.  My aspiration was to compete in a British Superbike support class; realistic as my lap times in club racing weren’t too far out.  So, a month after my accident, I found the bike.  A Ducati 959 with 900 miles on the clock.  Decision made – the Ducati-Tri Options Cup was on.  The plan was to test the bike over winter and slowly build the bike over the next 7 months. Winter testing at Cartagena went well and I felt at home on the bike, even after nearly 11 months out of the saddle.  2018 was set to be an amazing year!

Round 1 at Donnington Park was always going to a leap into the deep end after a year out of racing. The weather was horrendous and, having never ridden the bike in the wet, it was all new.  Everyone’s emotions were running high.  I was nervous, as were my supporting family and friends; especially those who had seen what I had been through and how I had pushed myself to get back on the track.  Race 1 was mental!  The start was like none other I’d ever been in. If you left a space it was immediately filled; if there was nearly enough space it would also be filled.  Ruthless!  Finishing 31st, I knew I had to change my mindset for Race 2.  With a slightly drying track, Race 2 was scattered with crashes, so to finish 25th was definitely what was needed.  Smiles on everyone’s faces, finishing a weekend of racing without crashing felt like a win!

Brands Hatch Indy – Round 2.  This track was always going to be tough.  Not just for me, but for everyone who had seen me taken away in a helicopter nearly a year ago to the day.  It was damp and cold. The tyres weren’t working well and I didn’t have the confidence in them to push hard. Despite my misgivings, with a dry line in Race 1 we finished the race in 25th on near PB lap times.  Hopes for a dry Race 2 disappeared when, just before the race, the heavens opened and my pit crew had to quickly swap wheels minutes before the start.  It was wet, wet, wet!  Finishing in 24th with a bike in one piece was a Result!

Round 3 took the team to Oulton Park.  We were lucky enough to test a week earlier and found a great base setting; we were already on PB pace.  The weather was the complete opposite of Round 1.  Think back to May, when it could have been mid-summer. The temperatures were into the 30’s so the bike’s tyres and settings were completely different.  The track was so enjoyable to ride and we had some great battles in both races.  Finishing 20th in Race 1 and 23rd in Race 2, we were defiantly going in right direction for the season ahead.

Then it happened.  We have found it crucial to arrive at each circuit with a base suspension setting and gearing ready to go, so we went to Snetterton for testing before Round 4.  But it wasn’t to be.  During testing the bike had a catastrophic failure – the engine locked up and the bike spat me off.  I got away with the crash but something big had gone wrong with the bike.

The next few months watching the season go by, while we worked on getting the parts and money together to fix the bike, were so, so hard.  Snetterton passed, Brands Hatch GP and Cadwell.  Then I got the call to say the engine was good to go!  With a quick drive to collect, the bike was put back together and within 18 hours we arrived at Castle Combe for a run-out to test.  The test went well and got us up to speed for the next round at Silverstone. I simply cannot thank everyone enough who helped in all aspects of the rebuild.

Round 7 at Silverstone was the penultimate round of the ever-so-short season and we were hoping to be up to speed after testing at Castle Combe.  Head-speed was there, but during practice and qualifying we couldn’t get a suspension setting that I was happy to push hard with.  After a good chat with the team at Ktech we thought we might have a good setting.  24-hours later we first got to try it in Race 1 – it worked!  Finally it felt like we could start to go with the pack.  We had some great battles over the weekend and finishing both races in 23rd after so much time off the bike was mega.

Assen – Round 8! WHAT A PLACE! WHAT A CIRCUIT!  I cannot wait to go back there!  Having never ridden Assen, only ever watched some YouTube clips, I didn’t really know what to expect.  Apart from it being FAST.  Practice was hard; trying to stay with lads that had been there before and knew the lines.  Making a mistake there could really end badly.  Having exceeded track limits a few times in practice, we knew where we could make up a bit more time.  Gearing and suspension changes were needed for a mega weekend’s racing.  To end the season on such a high was amazing with the best results of the year: 19th in Race 1 and 18th in Race 2.  Everyone came away smiling.

For me, the aim of the year had been to get into the points; just 1 point and I would have been stoked.  Having missed 3 rounds, and to be only 3 places away in last round, meant we came away with having tried our very best. This year has been really hard… but now that it is over, we have come away with lots of stats, settings and experience that we can use to go forward.  Which takes us nicely onto next year…

The plan is to race again in the Ducati Tri-Options Cup 2019; we’ve got the bike, we’ve got the knowledge, we’ve got the determination to do well.  Want to come with us on this journey?

The 2018 season would not have happened without the amazing backing of family and friends who have helped in countless ways to get me back to fitness and supported my return to racing.  I cannot name you all as I wouldn’t want to forget anyone. MASSIVE THANK YOU – you know who you are!

On to all my sponsors and those that allow me to race. THANK YOU! I can only hope that I’ve done you proud and look forward to continuing our partnership into 2019.

Alcon promote Brake-By-Wire (BBW) technology to the US market in concert with AUSA 18

October 9, 2018

 

Alcon Components Limited, globally-acclaimed specialist in the development and manufacture of braking and clutch systems, are promoting their state-of-the-art developments in brake-by-wire (BBW) technology to coincide with AUSA 2018.

Commensurate with Alcon’s commitment to be at the forefront of emerging technology, the company has been developing fully active braking systems to meet advances in Autonomous Vehicle Technology.  They have engaged with top-flight motorsport and aeronautical suppliers, along with specialist contractors to enter the market with the AAC01 BBW System, offering cutting-edge technology and performance.  Alcon’s AAC01 is a lightweight, off-the shelf, high-performance BBW system that features a failsafe design for passive braking in event of system failure; dual-channel pedal & calliper pressure measurement; and a Pedal Compliance Chamber Port for customer pedal-feel tuning.  In addition to the AAC01, Alcon have a number of advanced products under development and always welcome the opportunity to work on bespoke projects for a wide range of customers; from high-end motorsports to challenging military developments.

World-wide, a number of key Defence agencies, including the US Army, are working on Autonomous Vehicle Technology, with research projects looking into BBW technologies for both standard and emergency braking systems.  Current US research is looking at the development of a safety-critical, urgent stop system that can be incorporated into current and future ‘drive-by-wire’ technology across varying Army platforms.  In line with this, Alcon’s existing BBW system has the inherent functionality to be up-scaled from high-performance motorsport to heavy-armoured platforms, as well as being robust in both its operation and function.  Alcon’s extensive experience of working in the international defence sector attests to their ability to develop bespoke components to meet harsh and demanding battlefield environments.  As such they are also working on incorporating provisions to meet critical military EMC and environmental requirements and standards, amongst others.

Alcon have a dedicated US team to service their ever-growing customer base in the USA, and to be on hand for any state-side enquiries.  The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) exhibition, the largest Land Warfare tradeshow in North America, will be taking place in Washington DC, 8-10 October 2018.

Jonathan Edwards, Group Sales Director at Alcon said: “we’re already well-established in the global defence market with our conventional hydraulic braking systems having been fitted to a wide range of military and security platforms. To now offer our forward reaching brake-by-wire technology to the emerging autonomous vehicle technology sector in defense is something we’re very excited about”. He added: “our engineering pedigree in these technology areas allows us to deliver the very best, cutting-edge products and services to help develop future military capability; ultimately, protecting the soldier and saving lives”.

Jankel to attend AUSA 2018 in Washington DC

October 5, 2018

Jankel, world-class specialist in the design and manufacture of high-specification armored, light tactical and counter-terrorism vehicles with customized protection systems for defense, security and NGO’s worldwide, will be attending AUSA 2018.  The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) exhibition, the largest Land Warfare tradeshow in North America, will be taking place in Washington DC, 8-10 October 2018.

US-based Jankel Tactical Systems (Jankel), aligned to the wider UK-based group, is already extremely well-established in North America.  In 2018, JTS’s already strong Commercial Armoured Vehicle (CAV) business, increased growth by a tremendous 300%. This striking increase in sales is attributed to increased orders from Jankel’s core clients; the US Departments of Defense, US Department of State, the Canadian Department of National Defense, and Global Affairs Canada; all of whom support operations worldwide.  In addition, Jankel secured new customer opportunities with the US Customs and Border Patrol, US Marshalls, and the US Drug Enforcement Agency.

Jankel’s growth in North America has focused on ‘Hot Formed Armored’ discreet platforms and the delivery to niche protection and high performance mobility requirements for platforms indigenous to the countries within which they operate; including the Chevrolet 3500 HD Suburban, Toyota Land Cruiser 79 Series Double Cab and Mercedes Sprinter 3500 XD.

Looking ahead, Jankel is focused on the continued expansion of their US business footprint.  Future tactical vehicle growth in 2019 and beyond is projected to be strong.  Launching the proven Jankel FOX family of Tactical Vehicles into Latin America and Africa supporting the US Combatant Command priorities for Security Assistance. Increased collaboration with the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), as well as with Combatant Command’s Security Assistant branches, has led to numerous opportunities for the FOX family, where global fleet commonality across variants, proven performance, OEM parts and Jankel components is a vital strength of the brand.

In addition to their wide range of vehicle protection capabilities, Jankel is targeting the provision of specialist seating and survivability systems.  Jankel Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programs increased significantly in 2018 with the provision of BLASTech Seating solutions for Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) and new production vehicles for US allied nations.  This growth is only set to continue as the need for vehicle occupant survivability increases as a national priority within hostile environments.  As such, the Jankel family of companies are continuing to invest in the product development of next generation of Blast Mitigation technology.

Dave Binnarr, Vice President of Defense Programs at Jankel said: “The USA continues to be a strong market focus for Jankel.  Jankel has enjoyed great success here to date, further underlining the credibility of the products and services we offer.  Without problems there wouldn’t be customers.  Jankel’s business thrives off of our ability, experience, and willingness to solve our customers’ problems.  Whether it’s providing a service, a product, or full cradle to grave program support, we look at every opportunity objectively.  Our global footprint, agile business style, and partnerships allow us to aggressively address our customer’s capability gaps today and support their requirements of tomorrow.  Jankel’s protection systems, manufactured in the USA, are in-service across multiple platforms, saving US lives today and into the future.”  He added: “AUSA will be a great opportunity for Jankel to network further within the arena of US defense vehicle manufacturers and prime contractors.”

Arnold Defense explore exciting new concepts for their FLETCHER laser guided rocket system

October 5, 2018

 

Following the exceptional levels of interest expressed in the new FLETCHER Laser Guided Rocket Launcher system, Arnold Defense has been exploring a number of exciting ground and maritime-based concepts for their revolutionary new system.

The FLETCHER system, first unveiled a year ago in London at DSEI, has undergone highly successful test-firing and has now commenced initial low-rate production.  With FLETCHER, Arnold Defense has extended the utility of their proven, highly capable rocket launcher from aviation platforms into the land environment.  Using advanced rocket-guidance technology to meet the modern demands of land-based, mounted and dismounted asymmetric warfare, FLETCHER has been optimized for use by both special and conventional forces to provide surface-to-surface precision effect.

The wider concepts now being explored further expand FLETCHER’s utility into the arena of Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV), naval and littoral platforms.  The ability to mount FLETCHER on UGV will offer ground forces the capability to remotely support base or mobile defensive operations; giving considerably wider scope for the tactical siting of remotely operated, laser guided weapon systems, whilst significantly minimising exposure and risk to ground-based troops. Further to that, mounting FLETCHER on naval/littoral platforms will gift maritime troops a precision weapon system with a range of up to 5km that can be deployed and operated at a tactical level never previously available.

Jim Hager, President and CEO of Arnold Defense said “Since launching FLETCHER, Arnold Defense has exhibited the system widely on the international market, where it has garnered significant interest world-wide, especially from special operations units.  Our rocket launchers are already internationally well-established on airborne platforms, so transitioning into the land and marine environments with FLETCHER is a natural progression”. He added: “These exciting new concepts will afford both land and maritime troops a transformational capability that has not previously been available without recourse to external air or aviation assets.”