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GKN Aerospace - Transparent Armor Technologies

GKN Aerospace : 07 October, 2007  (New Product)
GKN Aerospace will exhibit at AUSA this month - displaying its industry-leading transparent armor technologies, which provide high levels of ballistic and artillery fragment protection.
GKN Aerospace has been a key supplier on programs such as the Up-Armored HMMWV and Armored Security Vehicle for many years and continues to expand its production capacity to support the growing demand for transparent vehicle armor worldwide. The Company is currently pursuing new program opportunities such as MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected) and the JLTV (Joint Light Tactical Vehicle), whilst R & D activities include meeting the requirements of the U.S. Army's Long Term Armor Strategy (LTAS) and Purchase Specification ATPD 2352.

The Company's product range meets the requirements of a wide range of protection levels - from B2 to B7, and NATO standard STANAG 4569, levels 1, 2 and 3. Advanced laminate designs integrate special composition glass with high visible light and infra-red light transmission properties for night vision compatibility. They can also incorporate anti scratch, anti-reflection coatings and a de-icing heater system, all built into windows that are as lightweight and as thin as possible to maximise the vehicle's performance and endurance.

Frank Bamford, Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategy, comments: 'Our research and development is focused on enhancing current glass laminate designs to meet two critical requirements for wheeled and tracked vehicles - safeguarding troops from the ever increasing ballistic threat, and providing protection from improvised 'real world' explosive devices. We are drawing on all our expertise - across this market and in fighter aircraft canopies - to ensure those needing protection whilst travelling have the very best protection that technology and materials have to offer.'

The considerable investment GKN Aerospace makes in R&D, supported by in-house ballistics test ranges in the US and the UK, allow constant and comprehensive evaluation of developments in glass, acrylic and polycarbonate materials and technologies.
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