Horstman Defence Systems Limited

With a time tested pedigree in design, development, project management and high quality manufacture. Horstman is the pre-eminent mobility solution provider in the global heavy armoured and tracked vehicle suspension market. Horstman design develops, deliver and support high-performance military vehicle suspension systems worldwide for the life of the vehicle. Horstman is a British company with a global focus - specializing in design and manufacturing with an unrivalled domain experience in heavy armoured vehicle suspension. Boasting a time-tested pedigree in innovation, product development and defence management, Horstman are world leaders in the heavy armoured and tracked independent vehicle suspension systems.

With 140 employees in the UK, US and Canada, we are a high value added, innovative engineering business with a global footprint in both customer base and supply chain that provides a quality, technically excellent offering to solve customers’ problems, throughout the product lifecycle. The defence heavy armour business has arduous development and testing cycles to ensure that the serving soldier has the best combination of armour, firepower and mobility that they deserve; Horstman provides this balance to our customers - having built our talent base over decades from a combination of industry experts, service veterans and continuous investment in apprenticeships, graduates and training.

Recognised by armoured vehicle designers worldwide as the benchmark for excellence in the field, Horstman works with more than 18 blue chip prime  contractors and government R&D centres alike and our systems are in service in more than 28 countries worldwide. Horstman provides a strong systems engineering and design capability in hydropneumatic suspension, electronic and electro-hydraulic active vehicle ride management systems and has a strong supporting capability in safety critical high integrity manufacture (military thermal management, aerospace, and titanium components for sub-sea systems). Horstman business strength lies in its foundation, its capabilities and the synergy of the multiple sectors and countries that our products are active in. Some of our products and capabilities include:

• Hydropneumatic Suspension systems

• Hydraulic rotary dampers

• Conventional spring/damper systems

• Vibration isolation (seating, equipment)

• Gearbox and ancilliaries

• Military Grade Air Conditioning Units

• Auxiliary Power Units (APU’s)

• Air-hydraulic pumps

• Gas charging booster systems

• RPV landing gear

• Support equipment such as test rigs and associated equipment; track tensioners and hydraulic rams

• Torpedo hull & structures

• Non-magnetic actuators

• Instrumentation

• Commercial security and mining vehicles

• Globally deployed


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Horstman Defence Systems Limited
Locksbrook Road
United Kingdom

+44 1225 423111

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