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Affordable Spinel Transparent Armor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: H92222-14-P-0036
Agency Tracking Number: S141-002-0096
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SOCOM14-002
Solicitation Number: 2014.1
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-05-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-11-26
Small Business Information
7960 S. Kolb Rd.
Tucson, AZ -
United States
DUNS: 147518286
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Raouf Loutfy
 (520) 574-1980
Business Contact
 James Withers
Title: CEO
Phone: (520) 574-1980
Research Institution

Transparent armor is very important to the survivability and situational awareness for the crews of modern land, marine or aviation vehicles. Additionally to the common armor requirements (low areal density and high ballistic performance) transparent armor should provide high infrared and visual transmittance. Ceramic ballistic windows meet these requirements, but they often suffer from unaffordably high cost. Magnesium - aluminum spinel ensures a very high transmittance while being cheaper and available in larger sizes than other transparent ceramics. In order to further decrease areal density and substantially reduce price, it is proposed to develop a silicon oxide spinel composite with high transmittance and ballistic performance. The production expenses will be significantly reduced by using cheap oxide precursors instead of expensive spinel powders, by elimination of the highly expensive steps of hot pressing and isostatic hot pressing (they will be replaced with a much cheaper casting procedure); and by avoiding the most expensive step of optical polishing

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