General Kinetics has been in business for over twenty five years. We were founded by a small group of engineers who were working elsewhere in the shock absorber business and recognized that no one was engineering and manufacturing a shock absorber to address the unique and specific needs of the Military. Offerings in 1981 consisted of little more than overgrown car shocks, but there wasn’t much of an alternative. We formed our company around the idea that the needs and desires of the Military were distinct. That was…and still is…the key to our success.
Starting with a contract to supply spare parts shock absorbers for the Army’s M60 in 1982, we have grown considerably and now make a broad range of suspension dampers and systems. We make the shocks for virtually every active tracked vehicle in DoD’s fleet. We are under contract to provide suspension components and systems to all the major US Military Vehicle OEM’s, and we sell shock absorbers for US-made military vehicles all over the world. We are not just a manufacturer who makes shock absorbers, but rather, we are an Engineering company that specializes in suspension and ride engineering. We first engineer the suspension to provide the appropriate ride, and then we manufacture as many as are needed. We have successfully conducted ride improvement experiments with all the major vehicle manufacturers on new and existing programs that resulted in a measurable increase in cross-country speed simply by adjusting the performance characteristics of the suspension to suit the mission.