Lightweight Ballistic Armor for Military Aircraft

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,998.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-05-C-0288
Agency Tracking Number:
N051-023-0546
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
N05-023
Solicitation Number:
2005.1
Small Business Information
TEXAS RESEARCH INSTITUTE AUSTIN, INC.
9063 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX, 78733
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
625120902
Principal Investigator:
M. Dingus
Co-Principal Investigators
(512) 263-2101
jbulluck@tri-austin.com
Business Contact:
Monte Fellingham
Contracts Administrator
(512) 263-2101
mfellingham@tri-austin.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
New lightweight armor materials are needed in order to provide adequate ballistic protection for military rotorcraft and their crew. Current armor plates have high aerial densities that add an unacceptable amount of weight to aircraft, reducing fuel efficiency and payload amounts. Texas Research Institute Austin Inc. (TRI/Austin) proposes a novel layered composite armor plating that will be configurable during manufacture for various levels of protection. The armor plates are interchangeable so that an aircraft can be fitted for a mission-specific protection level. The unique manufacturing process that is proposed will dramatically reduce the weight of the composite armor and also allow the panels to be molded to any defined shape for easy incorporation onto existing airframes. During Phase I, TRI/Austin will be teaming with a major aerospace contractor who will provide technical assistance and testing. Ballistics testing will be performed in accordance with MIL-STD-662. Various environmental tests will be conducted based on methods outlined in MIL-STD-810 to ensure that the composite armor will maintain its effectiveness under conditions representative of Naval service. The combination of new ballistic-protection materials and their production process will result in a lightweight, durable armor for military integration.

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