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Advanced Transparent Armor Materials and Manufacturing Methods

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: H92222-16-C-0016
Agency Tracking Number: S2-0261
Amount: $509,021.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SOCOM14-002
Solicitation Number: 2014.1
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-01-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-01-07
Small Business Information
133 Defense Highway, Suite 212
Annapolis, MD 21401
United States
DUNS: 153908801
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jeffrey Kutsch
 (410) 987-1656
Business Contact
 Sharon Fehrenbacher
Phone: (410) 224-3710
Research Institution

Transparent armor (TA) systems represent a substantial portion of the armor weight allocation for many ground vehicle platforms, and weigh substantially more than opaque ceramic solutions designed for the same threat. Lighter-weight transparent armor solutions that maintain or improve on the ballistic capability compared to current generation recipes can offer mission performance, acquisition and life cycle cost benefits. The objective of this Phase II project is to fully develop and test an innovative lightweight transparent armor system that has equivalent performance to the baseline solution but is 25% lighter and cost less than 2x the baseline price. The new armor system will be a direct drop-in replacement solution for the baseline ballistic glass TA armor. TA&T and its partner, SBG, propose to demonstrate the performance and manufacturability of the new lightweight armor system at a TRL > 7 and an MRL = 9. The new armor system will be tested against all ATPD 2352 Rev T First requirements with a predetermined threat to reach a qualified status by the end of the contract. The TA recipe will also be demonstrated and tested in a curved 33 in x 17 in window format with an 63in. radius of curvature.

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