Bath, October 2022 – Horstman, a company of the RENK Group, is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a multi-million-pound manufacturing contract in support of the British Army.
04 Jan 2023
Following a competition Horstman has been awarded a new contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) for the manufacture of new Final Drives for the AFV430 Bulldog armoured vehicle. As part of the award Horstman has committed to taking action in support of the UK MOD’s climate change goals, economic equality and equal opportunity.
This award follows many years of production and support to the British Army’s armoured fleet including Warrior, AS90, Terrier and a current project to upgrade the Challenger tank’s Hydrogas®.
Final Drives are an important element in the drive train of an armoured vehicle. Installed on the left and right sides, they transmit all drive, brake, and steering functions from the transmission to the track. The RENK Group has a long history of designing and manufacturing high quality final drives and we are bringing those values to the UK for this contract.
This contract maintains our long heritage of providing combat mobility solutions in support of the British Army and clearly demonstrates our excellent relationship and proven quality as a global and UK supplier. Horstman are proud of our decades’ long relationship in support of the British Army and as part of the RENK Group we look forward to supporting the UK MOD into the future.
“This was a tight competition and we are honoured to be selected.” says Ian Pain, CEO Horstman Group. “This is testament to our commercial, project and delivery teams – and our valued supply chain partners – who have all worked hard to win this new work.”
Horstman – a company of the RENK Group – has been headquartered in Bath since 1913, with business units in the UK, the US and Canada. It delivers mobility solutions for the global wheeled and armoured markets’ hardest challenges. Horstman provides world leading design and manufacturing capabilities, with our customers benefiting from our time-tested pedigree in innovation, product development, manufacture and defence project management in heavy armoured and tracked vehicle suspension systems.
Horstman designed and manufactured products have been integrated for many years throughout multiple, battle proven, British Army platforms and for customers globally.
Headquartered in Augsburg, Germany, RENK Group is a globally leading manufacturer of high-quality transmissions, engines, hybrid drive systems, suspension systems, slide bearings, couplings and test systems. The group serves a wide range of end-markets with a particular focus on armoured vehicles, defence and civil marine, power generation, plastics, oil & gas, and others. With over 3,000 employees, RENK Group generates annual revenues of over EUR 800 million.
For further information, please visit: www.renk-group.com
AFV430 Bulldog – Armoured Personnel Carrier
The Bulldog, or FV430 family of vehicles, is a tracked armoured personnel carrier which works in harmony with the larger tracked vehicles such as Warrior, relieving them for other duties.
The Bulldog has two crew members and is capable of carrying up to ten passengers. It is armed with a 7.62mm General Purpose Machine Gun and has a maximum range of 480km. Bulldog variants are in service with the infantry as command vehicles, 81mm mortar carriers, ambulances, and recovery vehicles.