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Low Cost Fabrication of Armor Protection Systems for Military Tactical Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-13-C-0363
Agency Tracking Number: A13A-021-0009
Amount: $149,900.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A13A-T021
Solicitation Number: 2013.A
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-09-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-03-12
Small Business Information
United States
DUNS: 078452978
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Rob Banerjee
 (937) 321-5035
Business Contact
 Michael Sheppard
Title: Vice President
Phone: (937) 416-8185
Research Institution
 University of Dayton
 Jared Stonecash
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-0101
United States

 (937) 229-2113
 Nonprofit College or University

There is a great need and opportunity to develop lower cost manufacturing process for ceramic tile-based composite armor system for military tactical vehicles. The threat levels encountered by the military tactical vehicles, particularly due to the Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) pose an ever-increasing need for more lightweight and effective vehicle armor system at an affordable cost. A low-cost composite ceramic armor system will enable wider adoption of lightweight armor in military tactical vehicles, thus providing increased mission capability and improved mobility and survivability to our war-fighters. NexGen Composites, Fiber-Tech Industries and CerCo have collaborated to develop a novel, low-cost manufacturing process for ceramic tile-based composite armor system for military tactical vehicles. Based on the preliminary projections, it is estimated that this new manufacturing process, called NexArmor process, can potentially reduce the cost of the ceramic composite armor system by about 50 % and can reduce the manufacturing cycle-time by about 75% compared to the current composite armor manufacturing process. This new agile and flexible NexArmor manufacturing process with significantly lower cycle time will also greatly increase the surge production capability to respond in a short turn-around time.

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