Armoured Fighting Vehicles

Perhaps more than any other application, armoured fighting vehicles require extremely rugged hand controllers. Space restrictions are also a big factor, as is the need to operate the hand controller when the vehicle is moving.


We created a fixed grip with an integral miniature force-operated joystick so that the actions of holding the grip and operating the thumbstick are virtually independent. This is important in armoured fighting vehicles where random operator movements, caused by the vehicle moving across uneven ground, can translate into unwanted control outputs. The static control grip also uses less than half the space of a functionally equivalent displacement joystick.

Good examples of control grips are the DG148-1 and DG148 -2. Between them this matched pair contains 10 functions including an overload protected thumbstick and a guarded trigger.