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Advanced Lightweight Transparent Armor Solutions for GMV"s

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: H92222-14-P-0038
Agency Tracking Number: S141-002-0077
Amount: $149,912.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SOCOM14-002
Solicitation Number: 2014.1
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-05-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-11-26
Small Business Information
133 Defense Highway, Suite 212
Annapolis, MD -
United States
DUNS: 153908801
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jeffrey Kutsch
 Senior Research Engineer
 (410) 987-1656
Business Contact
 Sharon Fehrenbacher
Title: CEO
Phone: (410) 224-3710
Research Institution

The expanding use of traditional transparent armor (TA) windows in smaller and lighter vehicles to enhance warfighter safety highlights the necessity to find lighter weight solutions to minimize vehicle performance degradation. While ultra lightweight TA solutions are available using a transparent polycrystalline material such as Spinel, the cost benefit is not easily realized on many smaller platforms. A new transparent armor solution capable of decreasing the solution weight by 25% while maintaining the ballistic performance can be achieved using one of two methods. The first method employs the use of advanced polymeric backing material to replace pieces of soda lime glass. The second method uses an advanced transparent glass ceramic strikeface material to decrease the amount of soda lime glass in the final solution. Both methods are capable of achieving the performance requirements no more than 2x the cost of current TA. TA & T will fabricate and test two separate TA solutions to determine the best material. Selection criteria will be based on a cost/performance comparison of the tested systems.

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