Advanced Transparent Armor Materials and Manufacturing Methods

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$150,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
H92222-14-P-0032
Solitcitation Year:
2014
Solicitation Number:
2014.1
Branch:
Special Operations Command
Award Year:
2014
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
S141-002-0039
Solicitation Topic Code:
SOCOM14-002
Small Business Information
Surmet Corporation
31 B Street, Burlington, MA, 01803-
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
150685642
Principal Investigator
 Uday Kashalikar
 Director (Armor Products)
 (781) 345-4727
 ukashalikar@surmet.com
Business Contact
 Santosh Jha
Title: Director (R&D/Admin.)
Phone: (781) 345-5721
Email: sjha@surmet.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
"Current glass-based transparent armor has two major deficiencies: 1) It is very heavy, and therefore can compromise performance and helicopter transportability of vehicles; and 2) It is very thick, and therefore can compromise visual signature of vehicles. Advanced technology ceramic transparent armor removes both these deficiencies and provides a twofold improvement in performance, but costs 6-10 times more than glass-based armor, making it unaffordable for fielding in significant numbers. Through this SBIR, Surmet will demonstrate innovative technology to produce lightweight yet affordable transparent armor for ground vehicles. The Phase I program will include analyses and key experiments to prove feasibility of this technology. Phase II work will implement the technology to manufacture prototype components, and take the technology to a"commercialization ready"stage. Surmet is already supplying advanced technology transparent armor for military helicopters, and is targeting cost reductions to make this technology viable for ground vehicle systems."

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