A Novel Concept of Lightweight Composite Armor for Ballistic Protection of Tactical Vehicles

(MKP Patent Pending)

Simulation of a Lightweight Composite Armor

Objective of this research is to develop a new lightweight composite hybrid structure armor using a combination of three major subsystem modules for tactical ground vehicle ballistic protection. The three modules are 1) an advanced ceramic composite face plate, 2) an optimally designed composite back plate module with the BTR (Bio-mimetic Tendon-Reinforced) material developed at MKP Inc., and 3) an optimally designed web system. The armor structures and materials will be designed using an award-winning optimization technique called Function-Oriented Material Design, developed at MKP Inc. Features of the proposed composite armor system include ultra-light-weight, flexibility, superior ballistic and blast resistance, superior strength and durability for structural integrity, capability to resist heat and flame, ease of manufacture, maintenance and repair. This versatile armor can be used in military and commercial vehicle applications. The focus of this research is on prototyping and proof-of-concept through ballistic testing. Virtual testing will occur to refine the design concept and optimize the armor system with respect to its functions in the system. Field/ballistic testing will determine structural properties of candidate designs, threat protection, heat and flammability resistances, as well as ensure achievement of performance specifications of the Army. Proof-of-concept will be subjected to performance, flexibility, schedule, weight, ease of installation, and repair and cost.

The armor concept developed in this program will lead to a revolutionary new armor technology with a wide range of applications. Its lightweight and flexibility of implementation may also provide a best-in-class solution for the protection of existing tactical vehicles without requiring a change in their current design. Due to the flexibility of this new armor technology, it can also be used to protect commercial vehicles with minimum modifications. Furthermore, there are many other applications and extensions of usage such as in a chair-based armor system to protect drivers or passengers of commercial vehicles or attached to office walls to protect consulate officers in high risk foreign territories.