Ziv-Av upgrades legendary Hummer design for AM General
The existing design for AM General’s famous Hummer was unable to carry supplemental armor as the additional weight was causing the vehicle’s chassis to crack. IDF needed a solution that would serve as an add-on kit for retrofitting the vehicle to avoid the cracks.
IDF approached Ziv-Av to upgrade the Hummer design, improve its performance, and enable it to bear additional weight.
Ziv-Av’s experts conducted failure analysis to diagnose the weak points in the Hummer’s mechanics and structure. Once the engineers uncovered the source of the chassis cracks, they were able to design a modification for the vehicle so that it would carry additional armor and excess weight.
The add-on retrofitting solution allowed the Hummer to cross all kinds of terrain while eliminating the risk of cracks. In addition, Ziv-Av’s carefully engineered the add-on so that the retrofit could be performed without disassembling the vehicle body from the chassis – ultimately reducing vehicle downtime.
Ziv-Av’s design made it possible to retrofit operational vehicles in a short time and save them from early failure.
Once Ziv-Av successfully completed the design, the team ran tests for the solution to ensure its quality. This additional service enabled a reduced downtime, allowing the Hummer’s to return safely to service. Ziv-Av’s upgrade conquered the Hummer’s complex problem by providing a durable solution to carry the supplemental armor.
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