Airless tire promises grace under pressure for soldiers Print E-mail

The Pentagon investigates the use of a new type of airless tire designed to get troop-carrying Humvees through hot spots without stopping...

To keep troops from being stranded and easily ambushed on the battlefield, the Army is working with researchers to develop tires for their Humvees that can better withstand roadside attacks. One such design comes from Resilient Technologies, LLC, based in Wausau, Wisc.

With a four-year, $18-million grant from the Pentagon, Resilient is working to create a "non-pneumatic tire" (NPT) technology, called that because it doesn't require air. The NPT looks like a circle of honeycombs bordered by a thick black tread. "There's a lot of space for shrapnel to pass through," says Ed Hall, Resilient Technologies's director of business affairs. "Even if you remove 30 percent of the webs, the tire will still work."

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