A quick guest post from Ace on a subject that I think we have discussed before…
Although not the most intriguing subject compared to exotic weapons systems like lasers, UCAV’s and stealth bombers, the humble tyre has gone through a fundamental evolutionary change which is as radical as inventing the wheel itself, or at least re-inventing it (apologies).
Given the reduction in servicing, i.e. the need for need for air pumps and compressors, valves, tyre cages, puncture repairs and the like, this system gives the opportunity for a significant reduction in servicing and maintenance support, as well as resilience to battle damage. This also applies to aircraft operating remotely from austere locations or on board ship. Given the recent advances in high tech, highly complex systems, its good to see a seemingly low tech, simple solution making ground.
Further reading: http://www.resilienttech.com/