Maintainability of Rubber Band System for Armoured Vehicles
HomeRubber Track BenefitsDurability and MaintainabilityReduced Fuel Consumption

Reduced Fuel Consumption

  • 50 to 60% weight reduction
  • Reduced rolling resistance
  • Better mobility and versatility on all types of terrain
  • Close to no maintenance

Rubber band tracks (RBT) yield a 50 to 60% weight reduction compared to steel tracks and diminish rolling resistance (friction), resulting in up to 30% fuel savings. For an M113, this represents 1.333 km/liter for a rubber system, as opposed to 1.777 km/liter for steel tracks. Better mobility and versatility on all types of terrain translates into much lower fuel consumption. Moreover, since the RBT require almost no maintenance, troops don't need to go back and forth to camp for repairs and adjustments. Vehicles with RBT require less fuel since there is no need to carry replacement parts for track systems, making the vehicle lighter. Soldiers can also drive longer distances at tactical level, thereby increasing mobility and keeping a safer separation from the enemy at the line of fire.

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