Structurally-Integrated Ballistic Protection of Military Aircraft Through ONNEX-Based Lightweight Armor Systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$750,818.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68335-07-C-0021
Agency Tracking Number:
N051-023-0889
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
EXCERA MATERIALS GROUP, INC.
6575 Huntley Road, Suite A, Columbus, OH, 43229
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
008588782
Principal Investigator:
Michael Breslin
President & CEO
(614) 318-0570
mbreslin@exceramaterials.com
Business Contact:
Michael Breslin
President & CEO
(614) 318-0570
mbreslin@exceramaterials.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The proposed program will logically extend the Phase I activity, focusing on Excera's ONNEXT/BlueStarT armor technology. Based on a near-net shape process for producing ceramic composite materials, this effort will focus on both enhanced ballistic protection as well as structurally conformal armor for use in aircraft. Efforts focused on the former will leverage the efforts of concurrent DoD programs targeting reduced weight, protection against more aggressive rounds and improved multi-strike performance. Tailoring and optimizing the ceramic composite microstructure to enhance the specific ballistic goals of the program will achieve this. Additionally, Excera will work with armor system integrators to reduce the integrated system weight via novel backing assemblies. Efforts to refine the structurally conformal armor system demonstrated during the Phase I effort will focus on a NAVAIR selected application. Excera, working closely with selected armor/vehicle integrators, will integrate the results from the ballistic performance efforts into a shaped armor system using its proprietary Tool-Free Forming (TFF) process. TFF allows the fabrication of complex/custom armor shapes without application specific tooling. The completed armor system will be subjected to live fire testing and airworthiness requirements (AWR) per the request of NAVAIR.

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