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Ricardo Defense Systems and LIFT Join Forces to Mitigate Risk to Armed Forces Personnel

Ricardo’s proven antilock brake and electronic stability control system to reduce fatalities in military vehicles is now available to Department of Defense HMMWVs nationwide and for international markets

Ricardo Defense Systems, LLC, (RDS) and LIFT – Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow, a Manufacturing USA institute, announced the successful completion of their pilot project to retrofit 10 Michigan National Guard vehicles with RDS’s optimized ABS (antilock braking system) and ESC (electronic stability control) to reduce High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) fatal rollovers. The system is now available for purchase by military units worldwide.

The goal of the project, announced earlier this year, was to further develop and scale Ricardo Defense Systems’ ABS/ESC system and provide validation of quality retrofit installation on the HMMWV fleet, including training soldiers on the installation process and further demonstrating the systems’ value in the field. Based on National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data from similar vehicle classes, ESC significantly reduces fatal rollovers by 74 percent.