Novel Lightweight Materials and Designs to Deflect Bullets for Body Armor and Helmets

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 31759
Amount: $99,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1996
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
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Materials & Electrochemical
7960 S. Kolb Road, Tucson, AZ, 85706
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 J.c. Withers
 (602) 574-1980
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Research Institution
Current standard military armor is designed to stop fragments or bullets. Another concept of protection is through deflection of bullets as compared to today's heavyweight concepts of protection through stopping the bullet. Deflection instead of stopping the bullet could lead to extremely lightweight body armor, extremity armor and helmets for soldiers in standing or prone fighting positions. A combination of materials and obliquity of the surface from the threat, offers a potential to protect a soldier in the standing or prone position. This program proposes to develop novel materials compositions, surface tribology and concept designs for integration onto the individual with weight estimates, ballistic coverage, ballistic holes and bullet deflection paths. The goal is to achieve deflection at 1.5 to 2 lbs/ft2 and within the current helmet weight of 3.3 lbs.

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