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Kinetics Ltd.

An Elbit Systems Company

Kinetics develops, qualifies, produces and fields systems and components for a wide range of tracked, wheeled, stationary and airborne military platforms, including Main Battle Tanks (MBT), Self Propelled Howitzers (SPH), Armored / Infantry Fighting Vehicles (AFV / IFV), Armored Personnel Carriers (APC), Mines Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles (MRAP), Tactical & Tactical Support Vehicles (TV / TSV), Utility & Utility Support Vehicles (UV / USV), Rocket Launchers, Shelters and Tents. Specific applications are also tailored for helicopters and aircraft.

Kinetics' main product lines includes the following systems:

Kinetics Life Support Systems (LSS)

Life Support Systems (LSS) from Kinetics are currently fielded with the IDF Namer Armored infantry Fighting Vehicles.
The company also integrated similar systems in the MaxxPro and Caiman Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, PANDUR-2 and an upgraded M-113 command vehicle.

Kinetics has also developed the integrated life support system for the Merkava 3 and 4 tank, providing overpressure,
collective protection for the tank, supporting individual facemasks and a hybrid, individual air conditioning system supporting each crew member in conventional operations (cooling) or under NBC conditions.

These systems also comprise Environmental Control Systems (ECS) providing Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVA) for operations in conventional warfare. These systems fully support filtration of dust, smoke and potentially hazardous agents that could be encountered by the warfighter in asymmetric warfare.

Kinetics NBC / CBRN Protection (CBRN)

The company also produces collective NBC protection systems designed for NATO-AEP-54 standard. Such systems were developed and produced for the Piranha 3 and 4 vehicles, Pandur 2 and Armored Modular Vehicle (AMV) AIFVs, as well as in the NEMO self propelled mortar system. The system has also been integrated into the JLTV technology demonstrators developed by Lockheed Martin.

Kinetics Auxiliary Power Units (APU)

Kinetics has developed and fielded a ange of APUs for external and internal installation on military vehicles. These APUs are provided as standalone systems or integrated with Kinetics' Life Support Systems (LSS-APU), providing auxiliary power, NBC/CBRN Protection and Heating, Ventilation & Air-Conditioning (HVAC).

APUs can be used to support the individual platform on a 'silent watch' with the engine shut down, keeping low noise and thermal signatures. To support the increased power demand for add-on high power electronic equipment, the APU can be used as a 'co-generator', operating in parallel with the platform main engine, while stationary or on the move. It can also be used to power off-board consumers.

Hydraulic Systems & Components

Other fields of activity at Kinetics include hydraulic systems and components, used in armored vehicles for various roles, such as transmission and braking and track tension mechanism.

Among the military hydraulic systems developed and produced by Kinetics are hydraulic elements for control systems supporting turrets, gun or missile launchers, and enhanced suspension systems for military vehicles. Such products are currently integrated in Merkava and M-1A2SEP main battle tanks, HIMARS mobile rocket system and the M-109A6 Paladin self-propelled gun.

About the company

Kinetics Ltd. established in 1985, is a world leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of life support, auxiliary power, filtration and hydraulic systems for land systems and armored vehicles.

The company has been the principal supplier of the Nuclear, Biological, Chemical (NBC) protection system and Individual Crew Cooling Systems (ICES) for Israel's Merkava main battle tank, from the first model to the current Merkava Mk4 tank. The company has also developed and produces an integrated system, combining air conditioning, NBC protection and auxiliary power generation into an integrated Life Support System (LSS). The system combines the functions of NBC/CBRN protection and detection, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), providing individual crew and equipment cooling (ICECS), with automatic fire suppression (AFS). An evolution of Kinetics' LSS also accommodates an Auxiliary Power Unit (APU).

Tailoring each solution to meet the specific requirement of both the platform and customer, based on qualified and fielded solutions, Kinetics maintains the collective experience, technical skills and know-how necessary to introduce sophisticated, integrated systems, meeting the harsh operating environment and the toughest environmental conditions, military platforms are expected to meet in combat.

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