SOUTH GATE, Calif. (April 14, 2003)—Arnco has received U.S. Department of Defense approval for military applications using its RePneu and SuperFlex polyurethane tire fill formulations, the South Gate-based flatproofing material manufacturer said.
Arnco said its RePneu fill material is ideal for extreme off-road applications, while the SuperFlex fill is better suited for use when ride, footprint, reduced shock transference and flotation is needed, Arnco said.
Arnco also is supplying flatproofing material for tires used in ground support training by the U.S. Air Force. The material will be used instead of compressed nitrogen because it eliminates flats and the possibility of dangerous blowouts and exploding tires, Arnco said. Compressed nitrogen continues to be used on flying aircraft.
“Tires on flying aircraft are normally pressurized to 300 psi,” said Keith Cartwright, a technical specialist at Arnco. “Compressed nitrogen is used for safety reasons, but tires with high pressure can rupture or explode and can cause serious danger to ground support crews, especially those being trained and with less experience.”
The tires for these non-flying aircraft will use RePneu flatproofing material, Arnco said. Stanley Industrial Tires Inc., an Arnco Certified Dealer in Gladewater, Texas, will fill the tires.