High Performance, Concealed, Ceramic-Based Armor Panels for Military and Commercial Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-04-C-0023
Agency Tracking Number: A022-2437
Amount: $729,992.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2002
Solicitation Topic Code: A02-241
Solicitation Number: 2002.2
Small Business Information
921 Main St, Monroe, CT, 06468
DUNS: 003052532
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Aghajanian
 VP Product Development
 (302) 454-8600
 aghajanian@mmmt.com
Business Contact
 Michael Aghajanian
Title: VP Product Development
Phone: (302) 454-8600
Email: aghajanian@mmmt.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
In a current Phase I program, an extremely capable team is developing an innovative approach to the design and fabrication of ceramic-based armor panels for commercial vehicles. The concept consists of two key features, namely (1) the use of 1-piece, large contoured reaction bonded ceramic tiles and (2) backing the tiles with low cost ballistic polymer. The resultant panels match the shape of internal cavities within the vehicle, thus allowing ease of integration. The use of large curved tiles allows the cost of the system to be low (no building of mosaics with smaller tiles), and allows the armor system to function as part of the structure of the vehicle. The program includes many activities, such as design, ceramic fabrication, armor system fabrication, and ballistic testing. The strengths of the team members are being utilized, such as M Cubed's expertise in developing and manufacturing large, complex reaction bonded ceramic structures; and Simula's expertise in armor design, ballistic testing and armor system manufacturing. The proposed Phase II program will continue development of the novel concept, will manufacture and conduct ballistic testing on full-scale panels, and will produce and install an armor kit on a government furnished vehicle.

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