High-Performance Composites

NOV 2014

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N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 4 | 2 3 or the past 100 years, efforts to provide better ballistic and explosive-device protection for ground-based ar- mored fghting vehicles and their occupants has focused on increased armor. The ability of weapons systems to pene- trate armor, however, has advanced faster than armor's ability to withstand assault. As a result, achieving even incremen- tal improvements in crew survivability has required signifcant increases in both ve- hicle mass and cost. Increasingly heavy, and therefore, less mobile, these more expensive armored vehicles unfortunate- ly hinder efforts to rapidly deploy and then maneuver manned vehicles in what are often challenging environments. Moreover, larger vehicles are limited to established roadways and require more logisti- cal support. They are also more expensive to design, develop, feld and replace. The U.S. military is now seeking innovative and disruptive solutions to ensure the operational viability of DARPA solicits ideas for new concepts in armored vehicles Weber Manufacturing Technologies Inc Tel 705.526.7896 • Midland, ON www.webermfg.ca Precision Tooling and CNC Machining for the Composites Industry Invar Steel NVD Nickel Precision Source: DARPA (continued on p. 24) F

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