For the modern military powers of the world, strength must meet mobility and durability. This is especially true for vehicles operating in extremely hostile conditions, without these properties military vehicles and the people they protect are exposed to high risk. Often the mechanical properties of the vehicle are the difference between life and death. To safeguard military personnel and the individuals they are charged with protecting, AST works tirelessly to provide the builders of these important machines with a product that has nothing other than guaranteed reliability. We understand the gravity and necessity of an infallible product when lives are on the line. Due to this, AST has established itself as a leading supplier to the defense and security market with various aluminum forged wheel products. AST's capabilities of rapid development, flexible design and engineering have allowed our customers to innovate and meet the demands of the changing market and increasingly dangerous areas of operation. Compared to other suppliers, AST has a scaleable and accountable manufacturing system, which allows us to accept lower volume as well as OEM level orders, linking early development work and quality control with down-stream production contracts.
Using high-strength aluminium alloy wheels for military and security applications grants up to a 60% unsprung weight reduction. This reduction allows for:
• Additional armoring
• Air transport
• Increased mileage
• Amphibious capability
• Improved dynamic handling behavior
• Increased cargo loads