Alternative Lightweight Solution to the E-SAPI

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: M67854-10-C-6508
Agency Tracking Number: N091-005-1010
Amount: $69,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N091-005
Solicitation Number: 2009.1
Small Business Information
9063 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX, 78733
DUNS: 625120902
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brad Rix
 Principal Investigator
 (512) 263-2101
Business Contact
 Monte Fellingham
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (512) 263-2101
Research Institution
Advancements in the Small Arms Protective Inserts are continually being made in order to provide lighter weight and more efficient ballistic protection for the U.S. Marine Corps and other military personnel. The USMC has challenged industry to develop new materials to achieve these goals. Texas Research Institute Austin Inc. (TRI/Austin) proposes a novel, multi-layer, composite armor system to reduce the weight burden while maintaining or exceeding the ballistic requirements for current E-SAPI plates. The medium-sized armor plates will be designed to weigh only 4.25 pounds. During Phase I, TRI/Austin will be working with a leader in ballistics testing and armor mechanics design and predictive modeling, as well as with a manufacturer of ballistic-grade ceramics. Ballistics testing will be performed using M80, Soviet 7.62x54Rmm ball type LPS, M855, and APM2 projectiles at an accredited ballistics testing facility. Environmental tests will be conducted that include water absorption, ultraviolet radiation resistance, and temperature effects to ensure that the new armor plates maintain ballistic effectiveness under adverse field conditions. The novel combination of ballistic protection materials will result in dramatically lower weight, enhanced durability, and ballistic effectiveness.

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