QinetiQ Australia has commenced the second phase of full scale fatigue testing on the Hawkei military vehicle at Thales Australia’s manufacturing facility in Bendigo, Victoria.
The eight-week test program involves attaching a Hawkei production-level chassis to a 5 x 8m test rig for a series of tests to validate the predicted life of the structure and to demonstrate several improvements made since QinetiQ did the first phase of fatigue tests on the prototype in 2010.
George McGuire, general manager, land and maritime, QinetiQ Australia, said, “During the tests, we push the Hawkei to its absolute limits. We artificially recreate the various stresses the Hawkei might be under in the field by placing a combination of loads on the chassis, which are activated by computer-operated hydraulics powered by 100 liters of oil per minute. It is a very significant undertaking that requires a depth of technical expertise and practical implementation experience.”
Peter Goodwin, director – operations, Thales Australia, said, “Both phases of this project have involved a high degree of teamwork and commitment between Thales and QinetiQ using a mix of personnel, equipment and facilities. QinetiQ is one of many suppliers that have played a significant role in shaping the Hawkei and contributing to its success. These full scale fatigue tests will ensure the Hawkei performs for the Australian Army over a long period of time during different stages of operation throughout its service life.”
February 3, 2016