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Lightweight ballistic protection material consortium formed

TPS : 12 November, 2012  (Company News)
A research project involving TPS has been created to develop a new lightweight material for providing ballistic survivability
Lightweight ballistic protection material consortium formed

Industry heavyweights have joined forces on a research project that seeks to develop an alternative cost effective lightweight material structure for increased blast and ballistic survivability.

BAE Systems, QinetiQ, AIGIS Blast Protection, TPS, Permali Gloucester Ltd, MIRA, Sigmatex and the University of Nottingham have formed LiMBS (Lightweight Material & Structures for Blast and Ballistic Survivability).

Co-funded by the government-backed Technology Strategy Board, LiMBS aims to develop enhanced lightweight cost effective multi-layer/ multi-material structures to resist shock, pressure impulse and impacts associated with both land mines and free air explosives events, and to mitigate the effects when a structure is overmatched by reducing the spread of spall fragment projectiles passing through the structure.

A material of this type could have potential commercial benefits across a number of sectors, including: defence, aerospace, oil and gas, automotive, heavy industrial, high security environments, personal security / VIP protection, and for security product manufacturers.

The programme intends to develop new materials that are lighter than rolled homogeneous armour which is typically used for the construction of fighting or armoured vehicles. Lighter materials could be used to manufacture and assemble armour protected vehicles to resist the effects of explosions such as land mines and improvised explosive devices; these are the current weapons of choice for disabling fighting vehicles in theatres such as Afghanistan.  Lighter vehicles would be more readily deployable, particularly when using air transport and thus achieving enhanced performances for future military systems.

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