Load beds refers to the flat rack at the back of a truck or a vehicle on which freight or materials are loaded for transportation. Load beds are adaptable systems, which are capable of performing multiple tasks and can be fitted on to any combat vehicle or any of the large fleet of standardized vehicles. The military forces across the globe uses ISO containers heavily within which wide range of loads can be fitted, but the military vehicles encounter tremendous rough surface rather than smooth metal roads. Thus, the design, quality and capability of load bed systems plays a vital role in military logistics supply chain.
The major driving factor responsible for the growth of the market for load bed systems for modern military vehicles is the capacity of carrying freights. The load beds on military trucks carry loads ranging from loose to palletized loads.
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The market for load bed systems for a military vehicle has potential opportunities to grow in future such as using of new composite materials, weight reduction and load handling equipment. Currently, the load beds are made up of hard steel or iron bars which increases the weight of the load bed. The defense authorities and the manufacturers of load bed systems are focusing on replacing the hard steel or iron bars with new composite materials, which will reduce the weight of the load bed and will ease the handling of freight. Another major opportunity in the market for load bed systems is incorporating load handling equipment, which helps the military man power in freight loading to and unloading from the vehicle.
The load bed systems for modern military vehicles market is segmented on basis of types and geography. Based on types, the market for load bed systems for modern military vehicles is segmented as ELPS, Zero torsion and Low torsion systems. The ELPS helps in quick pick up and drop of the freight with minimum handling equipment. The ELPS is generally effective in transporting pre-defined loads such as fuel, ammunitions and ISO containers.
The major vendors in the market for load bed systems are Iveco Defense Vehicles (Italy), Mercedes-Benz, Rheinmetall MAN (Germany), Oshkosh (United States), Hino Motors (Japan), Ashok Leyland(India).