Be-Ge M1 Military Vehicle Seating Solutions

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Be-Ge M1 Approved Military Vehicle Seating Solutions

As Military vehicles move into the new European Type Approval legislation, the challenge of finding a M1 vehicle seat which is not only customised for combat situations, but also meets the road traffic laws standard to a civilian car is quite a challenge.

The specialist nature of the vehicle means it simply cannot be compromised with a standard “off the shelf” Automotive seat. Other factors such as “Duty of Care” also have to be considered to produce a M1 vehicle seat that not only meets the stringent 13.5 Kn test, but also to manufacture a vehicle seat to be safe for military personnel in heavy full combat clothing including body armour & helmet who not only go beyond the standard testing weights for M1 seating, but also their equipment takes them beyond the standard seat belt “H Point” so a seat that meets the whiplash standards.

The new Type Approval clearly states that the exemption for Military vehicles intended for road use is no longer allowed (only vehicles engaged in war activities). The Vehicles must meet, as far as possible, road vehicle legislation and currently the legislation has set a starting point of vehicles defined as Troop carriers, Military base vehicles, Military Police – Must be Type Approved, other vehicles which are classed as UOR’s (Urgent Operational Requirements) Must meet technical requirements as far as possible

When designing a M1 vehicle seat for the Military we also have to take into account a number of other factors which used to have exemption, not only do we need to meet M1 Seating requirements for the European Whole Vehicle Type Approval – 2007/46/EC, we must also comply with Vibration at Work – 2002/44/EC and Noise at Work – 2003/10/EC

Our wealth of experience in supplying M1 vehicle seating for standard road vehicles has filtered through to our range of military seating applications, we have listened to Military personnel to come up with seating solutions that are not only safe, but meet the legislation and more importantly still allow them to operate in their duties with a seat designed around the vehicle.

Be-Ge offer a wide range of Military M1 tested seating solutions with added features such as rotation, reclining, tip/fold, sliding, height adjustment and our 500 Series seating range is supplied with removable centre section and head rest unit that “absorbs” the occupant wearing helemts and bullet proof vests, to integrate the occupant as part of the seat, offering protection and minimising whiplash.

Another option for our military seat is that it can also be delivered with ballistic protection in the seat cushion and in the seatback. This gives the user optimal protection against shrapnel or bullets.Our ballistic protection is tested to : STANAG I class.

Our Range of M1 and N1 Homologated Seating Solutions

We have a wide range of M1 and N1 homologated seating solutions to cover a vast range of vehicles, applications and budgets

Gary Shaw, Be-Ge Seating UK Ltd