Railways aren’t the only track to success for Stauff UK.
The Sheffield company is supplying all but four of the 985 hydraulic components in Terrier, the new armoured multipurpose support vehicle, developed by BAE Systems for the Royal Engineers.
Terrier is light enough to be moved by air and combines the capabilities of a bulldozer, crane and mine clearance machine.
It can be used to dig in troops and equipment as large as a Challenger tank and then switch to maintenance and engineering tasks, moving at high road speeds, when necessary and with impressive cross-country performance.
Stauff UK’s Andy Shaw says Terrier is an example of how the company is prepared to make a long term commitment to future projects, even though it may be some years before suppliers are chosen and contracts placed. “We are prepared to work with the customer from the start of the project – the year 2000 in Terrier’s case – and we have just started design work on the new submarines that will be signed off in 2016.
“It’s about flexibility and adaptability. Changing the whole line if necessary and saying: ‘Is this right for you?’” says Andy Shaw.
Stauff’s products can be found in the latest military mine clearance, track laying and bridge launching vehicles as well as armoured bulldozers, tanks and fast response vehicles.
They are also being used in new destroyers, submarines and landing craft and for naval refits, where they have solved major leakage problems.
Hopes are high that the company will score similar successes with new ships and submarines.