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Lightweight Roadside Blast Protection

Award Information

Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2009 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Kennon Products, Inc
2071 North Main Street Sheridan, WY 82801-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Lightweight Roadside Blast Protection
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-09-M-0352
Award Amount: $70,000.00


One of the greatest threats to American armed forces serving in Iraq and Afghanistan is the damage caused by mines, roadside bombs, and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The wide variety of device types, and increasing sophistication of these weapons, presents a growing challenge to protecting U.S. warfighters. Currently, personnel vehicles are protected with thick, heavy armor that severely limits maneuverability, and makes transport by sea or airlift much more difficult. In this Phase I effort, Kennon Products, Inc., Auburn University, and the University of Wyoming propose to develop an advanced composite armor system to protect lightweight tactical vehicles from the previously mentioned explosive devices. This armor system will outperform current monolithic structures by at least 30%, and weigh less than 10 lbs/sq ft. It will also be able to address the multiple threats presented by next generation IEDs.

Principal Investigator:

Mark A. Weitz
Director of Resources

Business Contact:

Ronald J. Kensey
Small Business Information at Submission:

Kennon Products, Inc
2071 North Main Street Sheridan, WY 82801

EIN/Tax ID: 954143657
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Auburn University
Polymer and Fiber Engineering
117 Textile Building
Auburn, AL 36849
Contact: Gwynedd A. Thomas
Contact Phone: (334) 844-5461
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university