Revolve Technologies showed its latest prototype head-restraint system for troop carrying vehicles at the DVD Military Show at Millbrook this week. The system provides enhanced levels of occupant protection under extreme conditions such as a vehicle carrying out a high speed turn and rolling down an embankment.
The head restraint extender system can be retro-fitted without any modification to the existing Troop Carrying Vehicle Enhanced Seating (TCVES) design used in, for example, MAN support vehicles. The current seat-back design has a moulded-in head restraint which is more than adequate in everyday usage. However, a study into vehicle safety in 2016 led to the conclusion that an enhanced design was required to avoid risk of lateral head movement of vehicle passengers under more extreme conditions.
Revolve Technologies designed and developed the TCVES roll over protection system back in 2008 and which is still in service with the MoD, and this experience has led to the development of the latest TCVES designs, which meet the latest design standards.
Presently, the head restraint extender is in the prototype stage, and testing is scheduled for the coming weeks. Revolve plans further development to its materials and finish prior to introduction.
“This latest head restraint development extends the capability of the successful TCVES system”, said Paul Turner, Engineering Director at Revolve Technologies. “We look forward to discussions on its adoption with OEMs supplying military vehicles.”
The DVD Military Show was sponsored by the MoD, DE&S and UK Army.