Steering parts for military vehicles

Pailton Engineering is a specialist manufacturer of steering parts for military vehicles


Military personnel rely on vehicles that have been tested to their utmost limits. Military vehicles face a wide range of climates and conditions throughout their service, such as difficult terrain, deep wading and searing temperatures. Using the latest in theoretical calculations and physical testing, we design against these extremities, ensuring the vehicle can face whatever comes its way. Over the last two decades, the Pailton Engineering team has developed a long-standing relationship with various military vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), providing the likes of ball jointsdrag links and steering columns. We have worked on many projects that have posed considerable engineering challenges.

In addition, when dealing with military customers, there are a lot of pressures to face in terms of data security from the OEM. It’s rare to hear news about innovations from the military sector and there’s good reason for it. Information security is one of the most important aspects of today’s armed forces operations and one that Pailton Engineering is very familiar with.

Whether you’re developing a niche military remote control driving concept or a vehicle that must cope with desert conditions, Pailton Engineering can assist the military vehicle design process with bespoke steering system parts.

We rigorously test components under the load or forces it may encounter to establish an accurate fatigue life of the parts and system as a whole. Using test rigs and assault courses, we simulate the type of conditions the vehicle will contend with out in the field, to provide useful data.

Combat vehicles have unique requirements, not only depending on their application, but also the location in which they will be deployed. Because of this, the same vehicle may require small but significant variations in its production. Properties such as heavy armour, wading capabilities, air filters and speed requirements options are just a few factors that could change on a vehicle-by-vehicle basis. Design flexibility is key.

Wading capabilities

Many times, a military steering system will be exposed to salt, water, grit and mud, something that our components have been designed specifically to handle.

The bevel gear box is a pivotal component in the steering system, transmitting torque through 90 degrees in order to provide a compact steering system package. Our generation three bevel boxes have an improved rotational torque rating to reduce steering input effort, and can handle temperatures as low as -40°C.

This enables military vehicles to travel through a wide variety of environments, with excellent wading capabilities.

Case study: The ultimate light-weight military vehicle

Recently we contributed to the development of a high-tech, incredibly agile, armoured vehicle. For the military light utility vehicle the OEM asked for a small, lightweight steering drag link assembly that would allow the vehicle to remain light and nimble, but also have the strength to handle the maximum load values the vehicle may face out in service.

We designed, manufactured and continually tested this non-standard drag link throughout the design process to very accurate loads, in order to generate detailed findings. This gruelling process proved that Pailton Engineering’s components, as well as the team’s attention to detail, is unbeatable.

Pailton Engineering proves that anything is possible with bespoke design, expertise and rigorous testing. If you’re an armoured vehicle manufacturer, then we can help. To discuss our design and manufacturing capabilities for your military vehicle, call us on +44(0)2476680445 or +1 219 476 0085. You can also e-mail us at

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