Optically Transparent, Ballistic Protective HybridSil Armor for Combat Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-11-C-0148
Agency Tracking Number: A103-170-0319
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solitcitation Year: 2010
Solitcitation Topic Code: A10-170
Solitcitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
NanoSonic, Inc.
158 Wheatland Drive, Pembroke, VA, -
Duns: 008963758
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Vince Baranauskas
 PI
 (540) 626-6266
 vince@nanosonic.com
Business Contact
 Lisa Lawson
Title: Contracts Administrator
Phone: (540) 626-6266
Email: llawson@nanosonic.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
The objective of this Phase I SBIR program is to adapt NanoSonic"s HybridSil armor technology for use as low cost, lightweight transparent ballistic materials for U.S. Army combat vehicles. The proposed effort will be an extension of NanoSonic"s HybridSil ballistic / blast protective core technology which has independently validated durability against landmine explosives, V50 values>4,000 ft/s to 3/8"A36 steel panels, and exceptional flame resistance. HybridSil has also been engineered to provide transparent high velocity fragment protective coatings for polycarbonate combat eyewear and will be further augmented during this program to provide next generation optically transparent armor capable of meeting threat level 3A per ATPD 2352P while affording an areal density of 1.25 g / cm3, cost of $15.0 / sq. inch. To that end, a series of transparent HybridSil panels will be produced and qualified for threat level 3A durability with team partner SwRI. Further, predictive models will be generated to conceptually optimize candidate armor materials. In support of a rapid transition to M-ATV side windows, HybridSil resins have a current production capacity of 4,000 lbs / day, a MRL of 4, and have been integrated onto combat active DoD platforms for trial evaluations.

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