Company Overview

Horstman Defence Systems Limited is a well established design and manufacturing company with a pedigree in design, development, complex machining, assembly, test and project management of defence products.

Our key competences include:-

World leading designer and developer of military vehicle suspension systems, these activities cover solutions from ultra lightweight-wheeled vehicles, C130 air portable vehicles, through infantry and engineer vehicles up the heaviest in the fleet, Main Battle Tanks.

Suspension products include: Hydrogas® Systems, Hydrostrut® Systems, InArm® Systems, Integral Rotary Dampers, Lever Arm Rotary Dampers and Running Gear and Track Tensioners.

We also have the capability in precision machining, assembly and test of mechanical, electro mechanical and hydraulic assemblies including the manufacture of safety critical components with exacting machining tolerances and surface finishes.

We have experience in the manufacture of components from difficult materials such as titanium, ferralium and nimonics.

We have strong Project Management skills with a successful history of controlling complex programmes for on time delivery including design and 2nd tier subcontractor selection and management.

Horstman has produced the production suspension solutions for the BAE Systems Warrior family of vehicles, BAE Systems AS90 SPG, BAE Systems TERRIER®, STK Bionix, Samsung K9 Thunder SPG, General Dynamics Ulan IFV, BAE Systems U2 Primus SPG, BAE Systems FV430, and the Patria AMV 8x8.

We have also developed suspension solutions for the BAE Systems Challenger MBT, BAE Systems Paladin upgrade, Nexter Leclerc MBT, TACOM 10x10, Qinetiq 6x6, M109, M113, Kentaurus IFV and Scorpion.

Horstman's latest programmes are with the M777 towed gun and for GDLS (via L-3 Systems Inc) FCS MGV. For M777, Horstman supplies BAE Systems with the complete suspension package with adjustable height system used when the gun is brought in and out of action. For FCS, Horstman are teamed with L-3 Systems and are developing a high performance suspension where the hydraulic and pneumatic systems are incorporated into the road arm of the suspension unit. This offers a lightweight, compact, high performance unit with low life cycle costs. The units are already fitted on the BAE Systems NLOS-C advanced technology chassis.

Latest News

M109A7 enters service with Horstman suspension

Military personnel and defence contractors celebrated delivery of the first M109A7 Self-Propelled Howitzer to the Army during a ceremony on April 9. "The M109A7 stands at the vanguard of a series of ground combat modernization upgrades, which will significantly enhance the Army's combat fleet for decades to come," said Heidi Shyu, the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology. Horstman Inc based in Sterling Heights Michigan designed, developed and manufactured the hydraulic high performance rotary damper system which provides the vehicle with an exceptional cross country mobility as well as chassis stability during firing.

IDEF Exhibition Turkey 5 - 8 May 2015

Come along and say hello! We are in Salon 2, UK Pavilion stand 216/D. We are showing the Timoney designed 9 ton independent axle system manufactured in conjunction with Texelis complete with our Horstman advanced next generation suspension system. Horstman’s suspensions are standard fit on the Tulpar IFV and the Pars 6x6 Armoured Combat Vehicle, as well as the British Army TERRIER Engineer Vehicle, Korean K9/K10 family of tracked vehicles, US Paladin PIM program and the German Army Puma IFV. Horstman can offer new and innovative suspension systems as well as upgrades for tracked and wheeled armored fighting vehicles

Horstman selected for Upgraded Spearfish

Horstman is proud to announce that we have been selected to design and manufacture the modified fuel tank of the upgraded version of BAE Systems Spearfish.