Lightweight Ballistic Armor for Military Aircraft

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-05-C-0286
Agency Tracking Number: N051-023-0244
Amount: $149,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-023
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
19300 Crosswind Circle, Spicewood, TX, 78669
DUNS: 033171534
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Alan Bray
 President/Principal Scientist
 (512) 263-0822
Business Contact
 Alan Bray
Title: President/Principal Scientist
Phone: (512) 263-0822
Research Institution
CBDO copolymers and nanocomposites are revolutionary transparent armor materials with higher notched Izod impact strength than any other polymer. CBDO copolymer and nanocomposite based aircraft armored transparencies will be lightweight, have superior anti-ballistic performance, and sell at commodity prices. Phase I armor laminates are to be made with CBDO based plies substituted for glass and polycarbonate/acrylic plies in currently fielded armor. Hard CBDO nanocomposites will replace face plies, and high impact CBDO copolymers will replace spall and intermediate plies. Phase I laminates will be used to demonstrate ballistic resistance to increasingly powerful weapon challenges in live fire tests building up to a 7.62 x 39 mm in the base period, and 7.62 x 51 mm in the option period. The net change in areal density for aircraft windows/windshields is expected to be 4 - 6 lbs./ft.2 for protection levels 1 and 2. Pilot production via OEM is identified and bids received for Phase II scale up. CBDO copolymer/nanocomposite armor resins in pelletized format - ready for sheet molding and armor laminate formation - are SMRC's product goal. Two transparent armor manufacturers and an aircraft transparency maker have signed on to help develop this new armor ply technology, providing test and aircraft integration expertise.

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