The aviation solutions provider has completed an £18m deal with the Turkish military for its portable roadway products.
Faun Trackway, the defence division of Llangefni-based Faun-Zoeller, won the bid in partnership with vehicle manufacturer Iveco, which supplied the Trakker 8×8 trucks on which the roadway will be mounted.
The Turkish military previously had 10 sets of trackway that had been in operation for more than 20 years before completing the contract for Faun Trackway’s Heavy Ground Mobility System (HGMS). The deal represents the firm’s largest ever order.
The Turkish Army intends to use the new vehicles and track to improve ground mobility and access to bridge heads. Training has also been delivered by a team of specialist engineers from Faun Trackway at a purpose built test site in Kirklareli, Turkey. The track will be used by army engineers and will be used in difficult combat scenarios as well as other operations.
The track is dispensed from fitted HGMS systems attached to the vehicles and is capable of taking vehicle loads of more than 70 tonnes. It is typically used to help negotiate harsh and difficult terrain conditions, such as snow, ice, sand, marsh and mud.
The order has enabled Faun Trackway to expand its existing facilities and invest in further product research and development work. The company has increased its production capacity and is currently working with the US armed forced on R&D with the aim of developing a range of temporary runways.
Chris Kendall, business development manager at Faun Trackway, said: “By forming the partnership with Iveco we were able to provide the Turkish army with a complete mobility system through a single provider.”
“This kind of collaborative approach ensures that we can deliver a bespoke product through what is inevitably a more efficient procurement route for the customer.”