The collaboration between Nokian Tyres and the Finnish Defense Forces in designing high mobility all-terrain tires goes back several decades. The Nordic conditions provide plenty of challenges for tires – ranging from snow and ice to mud, sharp rocks and other obstacles. Now, a new generation off-road tire was needed, and Nokian Tyres started designing a completely new tire.
Versatile and agile
“The key for a good off-road vehicle tire is versatility”, says Teppo Siltanen, Product Manager at Nokian Heavy Tyres. “The tire has to work on roads as well as on soft terrain – or anywhere the job at hand takes you.”
As the name implies, another design driver of the new Nokian MPT Agile 2 was maneuverability. Not only military applications but for example firefighting and other rescue operations require precise steering at sometimes high speeds.
“We are very pleased with the steering response and stability Nokian MPT Agile 2 offers”, Siltanen smiles. “It is also quiet and comfortable to drive on road.”
New and improved
“The original Nokian MPT Agile has proven its worth many times over”, says Siltanen. “However, through extensive product development and rigorous field tests we managed to make a better tire.”
The most significant change is the symmetrical tread pattern which performs equally well regardless of the tires' rotational direction. But the more modern design also results in improved vertical and lateral grip on soft surfaces, better self-cleaning properties as well as more winter grip. Also the sidewalls now have a camouflage pattern.
“The new design has larger footprint than the previous version, resulting in better flotation and smaller surface pressure – all desirable qualities on a soft terrain”, says Siltanen. “There is also less heat build-up improving the tire operating life.”
An important aspect for extreme winter conditions is the ability to use studs. Nokian MPT Agile 2 comes with pre-marked stud locations for both military and civilian use.
For civilians as well
Naturally, the new Nokian MPT Agile 2 is expected to find users in military but the tire’s versatility doesn’t end there.
“Besides defense and peacekeeping applications, the tire lends itself to many civilian uses as well”, Teppo Siltanen explains. “Heavy rescue vehicles such as airport fire engines, off-road trucks and other all-terrain vehicles can all benefit from the grip, reliability and good handling offered by Nokian MPT Agile 2.”
So the effort to create the best possible tire for off-road vehicles operating in Nordic terrain resulted in a product with many uses worldwide.
“As we often say, if the tire works in Finnish forests, it works anywhere”, Siltanen laughs.
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Toni Silfverberg, Head of Sales & Marketing, Nokian Heavy Tyres Ltd, firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. +358 10 401 7854
Teppo Siltanen, Product Manager TBR, Nokian Heavy Tyres Ltd, email@example.com, tel. +358 10 401 7709