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June 24, 2003

AUSTRALIA: Locally-designed engine wins Malaysian defence ministry development support

The Australian company behind a new internal combustion engine, CMC Power Systems, has announced that an agency of the Malaysian Ministry of Defence would be involved in further development of a 500cc two-cylinder version of the engine.

By bcusack

The Australian company behind a new internal combustion engine, CMC Power Systems, has announced that an agency of the Malaysian Ministry of Defence would be involved in further development of a 500cc two-cylinder version of the engine.

CMC executive chairman Graham Fountain said the ministry’s scientific arm, the Science and Technology Research Institute for Defence (STRIDE), had confirmed its intention to work together with a Malaysian firm, Satria Defence Technologies Sdn Bhd, on further development of CMC’s 500cc two-cylinder engine and 240-volt automotive auxiliary power unit in a joint R&D programme for defence industry applications.

“As previously announced, Satria Defence Technologies has signed an agreement to collaborate with a CMC licensee, Sytec Technologies Sdn Bhd, on work needed to bring the engine to commercial reality as the motive force for CMC’s 240 volt APU, a compact, quiet electricity generator for vehicles,” Fountain said.

The SYTEC engine is almost 50% smaller than conventional in-line engines, and tests have confirmed it is quieter and smoother, with lower fuel consumption and emissions. It is also expected to be significantly longer-lasting, because of its lower friction, and to have a slightly lower cost of manufacture, with less need for flexible engine mountings and vibration dampeners in vehicles.

“We have been aware of the Ministry’s interest in our engine for some time, but it is only now that we have received formal confirmation,” Fountain added.

He said R&D funding would be sought through the industries grants scheme (IGS) of the Malaysian Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment.

“Satria Defence Technologies and Sytec Technologies have agreed to establish a joint venture that will utilize the manufacturing licence granted by CMC to Sytec Technologies. CMC will participate in the cooperative engineering program to develop the engine to the point of manufacture,” Fountain added.

“This agreement, with the support of STRIDE, is expected to lead to the manufacture in the ASEAN region of a significant number of engines within the next few years, generating income for CMC through R&D contracts and licensing fees.”

Fountain said it was the first time his company had secured a reliable ongoing revenue stream to support engine development.

UK CMC sub-contractor Cosworth Technology has built a series of prototype APUs and a number of these will be shipped to Malaysia. STRIDE will collaborate on the completion of the Cosworth tests, the development of pre-production prototypes and the manufacture, initially, of several hundred units.

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