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David Brown Santasalo is a leading provider of mechanical power transmission solutions for defence applications. With almost three centuries of combined gear engineering expertise, we deliver new defence gear units as well as a full range of gearbox support services.

With more than 1,000 employees, seven major manufacturing plants and 24 service centres across six continents, we are ideally equipped to serve a growing customer base in land and marine defence markets.

From nuclear submarines to main battle tanks, we provide customers globally with reliable gearboxes that have been proven time and time again.

A Strong Partnership with the Defence Industry

David Brown Santasalo has been an integral part of the defence industry for more than 100 years. Always at the forefront of new technologies, we have supplied more than 10,000 gear systems to a range of land and marine applications globally.

Through our highly responsive and capable local teams, we support customers worldwide. Our gear systems and service solutions underpin assurance critical applications in industries where failure is not an option.

Land Defence

David Brown Santasalo is internationally recognised as a supplier of dependable and innovative power transmission systems for land defence applications. With an extensive installed base and a track record of reliability, product upgrade and life extension, David Brown Santasalo delivers advanced gear system design for the most demanding military applications.

Our range of land defence products include:

  • Tracked Vehicle Cross Drive Transmissions
  • Tracked Vehicle Final Drives
  • Power Take Offs for Hydraulic Pumps, Electrical Generators and other Ancillary Drives
  • Wheeled Vehicle Bevel Boxes
  • Wheeled Vehicle Drop Boxes
  • Sandwich Transmissions for Vehicle Water Drive Applications

Marine Defence

David Brown Santasalo engineers highly reliable, assurance critical gearboxes for marine defence applications in surface ships and submarines. Our pedigree in designing super quiet, lightweight transmission systems for these applications is unrivalled and our products are recognised as being the most reliable in the industry.

Our range of marine defence products include:

  • Main Propulsion Gearboxes for Marine Defence
  • Gearboxes for Lifting and Jacking Systems and Winches
  • Non-Ferrous Gearboxes for low magnetic signature

To find out more please visit or contact us on +44 (0) 1484 465500.

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Region: Worldwide,

Category: Engineering design services, Power/Batteries,

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