Product Overview

Developed by Horstman in the mid-1990s initially for the UK MODs Future Scout Cavalry System (FSCS) Tracer and US Army’s Future Combat System (FCS) programs, InArm® is designed to eliminate the need for torsion bars and to minimize or eliminate road arm penetration of the vehicle hull.

This allows the vehicle designer to overcome the internal packaging constraints, minimize the external packaging constraints, and overcome vulnerability to mine blast and crew exposure to the fragmentation that results from torsion bars.

The hydro-pneumatic suspension uses high-pressure nitrogen gas and an integral oil damper that are all contained within the road arm. This reduces weight and space compared to other hydrop, HSU or coil solutions. Designed as the most efficient packaging space solution, InArm® provides a growth path to advanced variable damping, lock-out and ride height management systems.

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FeatureBenefit
Torsion bars removed from the inside of vehicleAdditional space for equipment, ability to have a floor mounted emergency escape hatch
Reduced fragmentation effects from secondary projectiles from mine blast or IED blast
Integrated system approach saves massIntegration of damper and gas spring inside road arm minimizes space claim 
Simpler than a torsion bar system which needs separate road arms, bump stops, dampers, torsion bar attachments and protective tubes. 
Independent suspension mounted externally Damaged units can be replaced more easily than bent or seized torsion bars
Reduced hull machining without precision alignment between left and right side of vehicle
Lower vehicle height / survivabilityAbility to lower the turret basket and reduce the height of the vehicle gives improved survivability (lower silhouette). The saving of the hull side armour is typically 100-500kg
Upgrade path to advanced suspension featuresUpgrade path to ride height, lockout and semi active damping 
Wheeled Application Tracked Application
ATV
CAV
Tactical
Towed
6x6 8x8
Mining
Agri
<24T
25-35T
Special
36-90T

Options

  • Variable damping, up to full hydraulic lockout
  • Rising rate spring as standard – dual spring / secondary volume options
  • Ride Height, vehicle pitch (kneeling)
  • Transport lock
  • Active Damping
  • Thermal compensation

Accessories

  • Charging kit and Nitrogen Charging –  HydroboosterTM
  • External Lockout (engineering / special role)
  • Wheel hub, lightweight wheels, wear guards, bump stops