Advanced Transparent Armor Materials and Manufacturing Methods

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Special Operations Command
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2014
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
H92222-14-P-0032
Agency Tracking Number:
S141-002-0039
Solicitation Year:
2014
Solicitation Topic Code:
SOCOM14-002
Solicitation Number:
2014.1
Small Business Information
Surmet Corporation
31 B Street, Burlington, MA, 01803-
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
150685642
Principal Investigator:
Uday Kashalikar
Director (Armor Products)
(781) 345-4727
ukashalikar@surmet.com
Business Contact:
Santosh Jha
Director (R&D/Admin.)
(781) 345-5721
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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