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Composite ballistic screen design complete for US Navy


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KaZaK Composites
: 03 December, 2009  (New Product)
Raytheon IDS and KaZaK Composites have completed the design work on a composite ballistic screen that is set to save the US Navy millions of dollars
KaZaK Composites, a provider of high value-added composite engineering and design, has announced that the company has teamed up with Raytheon IDS and has completed the design phase of the composite ballistic screen for integration onboard the Zumwalt-class destroyer (DDG 1000). KaZaK recently joined Raytheon and the US Navy to celebrate as the technology formally transitioned to Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase III production - a critical milestone for an SBIR program.

'The Phase III production contract is a big win for the entire KaZaK team,' said John Schickling, EVP/COO of KaZaK Composites, Inc. 'The engineering team worked closely with Raytheon IDS to come up with a solution that achieved their goal of providing ballistic screens for the Zumwalt-class destroyer that was both effective and cost efficient.'

The pre-SBIR concept design for the Zumwalt-class destroyer ballistic screens utilized ceramics and a composites molding process that were not cost effective for this application. 'KaZaK's use of the pultrusion manufacturing process contributes to significant cost savings for the US Navy,' said Jerome Fanucci, President/CEO of KaZaK. 'We were able to design the ballistic screens to the specifications set forth by the US Navy in a cost effective manner through the use of proprietary KaZaK manufacturing processes that are less labour intensive, thereby reducing the overall cost of the new design.'

Working closely with the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) acquisition team, KaZaK and Raytheon initiated an accelerated design, prototyping and test program in 2008. The prototype and subsequent full-scale designs were iterated and validated through successful live-fire testing in 2008 and 2009. NAVSEA provided a prime contract modification to Raytheon for mission systems equipment. This enabled a SBIR Phase III subcontract award to KaZaK in September 2009 for long-lead material to produce the ballistic screens for the first two Zumwalt ship sets. It is estimated that KaZaKís contributions could potentially save the US Navy an estimated $10 million per ship.
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