ERDC researchers improve cold-climate transportation with winter-specific tires
A Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) at Fort Greely’s Cold Regions Test Center (CRTC) in Central Alaska tows another JLTV down a test track February 2022 to evaluate the effectiveness of winter-specific tires designed by the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL). Three CRREL researchers from the laboratory’s Engineer Research Mobility Team traveled to the CRTC to test the concept winter tires, which were prepared by siping, or cutting, small groves into the tread blocks of standard JLTV tires. The researchers are developing winter-specific tires to enhance Soldiers’ capabilities to safely navigate the snowy tundra, thereby assisting the Army with achieving the goal of regaining Arctic dominance. (Photo by Orian Wellings, ERDC/CRREL)