Posts Tagged ‘armored vehicles’

blunt trauma on body armour: the bullet energy can kill you

most people believe that the job of the body armour is to stop the bullet…..extremely wrong….you can die because of the blunt trauma, the energy of the bullet is a killer most of the time….even if the bullet is stopped…

the job of a good bulletproof vest is to stop the bullet and disperse the energy of the impact the fastest way possible on the fastest surface possible, to avoid a destructive impact on key organs

this video shows a simple way how is it possible and what the theory is about: sels explanatory


Arotech Develops New Armored Vehicle

The C8 LWAV Was Developed for Concord, Arotech\’s Joint Venture in India

AUBURN, AL–(Marketwire – July 22, 2009) – Arotech Corporation (NASDAQ: ARTX) announced today that its Armor Division has developed a new armored vehicle, aimed at the defense market in India. Arotech\’s joint venture in India — Concord Safety Systems — is conducted with MKU, India\’s leading armor materials supplier, and the JN Group, India\’s leading automotive body-builder.

Concord was invited to participate in a tender for armored vehicles for the Indian Army. Arotech\’s Armor Division developed the new vehicle, the C8 Light Weight Armored Vehicle Solution (LWAV). The first prototypes were built at Concord\’s facility in Dehradun, India. The vehicles are currently undergoing testing at the Northern Command unit of the Indian Army. The vehicles are slated to be available to paramilitary and police forces in two months\’ time.

The C8 was designed using experience gained in the development of the David, MDT\’s lightweight armored vehicle selected by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as its standard armored reconnaissance and patrol vehicle. The Concord C8 is a cost-effective armored vehicle, based on an Indian 4X4 platform, and will be marketed to other Asian markets as well. The light weight and rugged C8 4X4 can be viably operated on all types of terrain, and permits the transport of six soldiers in full combat gear with their loads and a driver. The vehicle is ideally suited for counter-insurgency operations for patrol, logistics, reconnaissance and convoy protection, and search and rescue missions. A special feature of the C8 LWAV is its high power-to-weight ratio, enabling transport of extra combat loads while offering full ballistic protection of the crew compartment, engine and fuel tank, thus increasing safety of the crew inside the vehicle.

\”Our partnership in Concord is strategic to MDT,\” said Robert Ehrlich, Arotech\’s Chairman and CEO. \”We see significant potential for military products in the region, and are now beginning to offer armored vehicles to this market.\”

About Concord Safety Solution Pvt. Ltd.

Concord is a joint venture between three reputable enterprises that have joined forces to manufacture state of the art armored vehicles in India. MKU Pvt. Ltd. is Asia\’s largest manufacturer and exporter of armored solutions with over 25 years of experience in the defense industry. MDT Armor Corporation, located in Auburn, Alabama, is a trusted and experienced global leader in the production of lightweight armored vehicles for tactical and military use. JN Group is a leading automotive body builder in India.

About Arotech\’s Armor Division

Arotech\’s Armor Division is an innovative leader in lightweight armoring for vehicles, aircraft and their operators. The Armor Division has years of battlefield and commercial protection experience and has provided life saving protection under the most extreme conditions.

Arotech\’s Armor Division consists of MDT Armor Corporation (, M.D.T. Protective Industries, Ltd. (, and Armour of America (

About Arotech Corporation

Arotech Corporation is a leading provider of quality defense and security products for the military, law enforcement and homeland security markets. Arotech provides multimedia interactive simulators/trainers, lightweight armoring and advanced zinc-air and lithium batteries and chargers. Arotech operates through three major business divisions: Armor, Training and Simulation, and Batteries and Power Systems.

Arotech is incorporated in Delaware, with corporate offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan and research, development and production subsidiaries in Alabama, Michigan and Israel.

Except for the historical information herein, the matters discussed in this news release include forward-looking statements, as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including the effect of any share repurchases by Arotech. Forward-looking statements reflect management\’s current knowledge, assumptions, judgment and expectations regarding future performance or events. Although management believes that the expectations reflected in such statements are reasonable, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, as they are subject to various risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to vary materially. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks relating to: product and technology development; the uncertainty of the market for Arotech\’s products; changing economic conditions; delay, cancellation or non-renewal, in whole or in part, of contracts or of purchase orders; dilution resulting from issuances of Arotech\’s common stock upon conversion or payment of its outstanding convertible debt, which would be increasingly dilutive if and to the extent that the market price of Arotech\’s stock decreases; and other risk factors detailed in Arotech\’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Arotech assumes no obligation to update the information in this release. Reference to the Company\’s website above does not constitute incorporation of any of the information thereon into this press release.

DSM Dyneema introduces new ballistic tape for lightweight vehicles

New material is selected by Ten Cate in vehicle up-armoring project for Dutch military in Afghanistan

07:30 GMT, June 24, 2009 URMOND (NL) | DSM Dyneema today launched Dyneema BT10, its first commercially available product made from a novel, proprietary ballistic tape (BT) technology. The announcement was made jointly at the DVD exhibition, (Millbrook, UK), with Ten Cate Advanced Armour, who has selected Dyneema BT10 for armor upgrading on the Patria XA-188 APC commissioned by the Dutch DMO (Defensie Materieel Organisatie). The vehicles will be used by the Dutch military forces stationed in Afghanistan and delivery is expected to be completed by October 2009.

Ten Cate’s armor solution is based on a ceramic strike face backed with a combination of Dyneema BT10 and Dyneema® HB26 for optimal cost and performance balance.

“Dyneema® BT10 performed extremely well as a backing material behind the strike face armor and helped deliver a cost effective, light weight ballistic protection solution with excellent overall performance” commented Søren Gert Larsen, General Marketing Manager at Ten Cate Advanced Armour.

Ten Cate also stated that Dyneema® BT10 has been tested and certified according to NATO standards STANAG 4569 and AEP55.

Dyneema BT10 provides vehicles with optimum protection without sacrificing crucial mobility. It will allow designers and manufacturers to balance the requirements for better performing vehicles, increased payloads, and room for future weight growth at a competitive cost level and is part of a growing range of light-weight and ultra-high armor protection material solutions from DSM Dyneema.

The expanding Life Protection portfolio of DSM Dyneema will soon include a premium grade UD material which raises the performance/weight equation to a new higher level. The premium grade will be launched this week at the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement’s (IDGA) 4th annual Military Armor Protection conference in McLean, Virginia, USA.

Dyneema BT10 is the first in a new ballistic tape technology platform that offers the ballistic performance of Dyneema at a price which makes it highly competitive with aramids in many armor systems, at a weight level which outperforms aramids and approaches Dyneema HB (Hard Ballistic) products. These include UD (unidirectional) composite products such as Dyneema® HB26 that sets the standard in light weight, stand alone protection.

In-house tests have shown that Dyneema BT10 is lighter and stronger than the next best aramid based armor solution and offers many of the performance attributes of Dyneema HB26 at a slightly higher weight. Dyneema BT10 proves to be a very cost effective material for the most severe and unconventional threats emerging today. Furthermore, it is ideally suited as backing behind a strike face and as spall liner in overmatch situations.

“Our new range of ballistic tape products, led by Dyneema BT10, extends our range of vehicle protection materials,” said Robert Smulders, Global VP Life Protection for DSM Dyneema. “This gives more choice and flexibility to customers to find the protection solution with the right balance of performance, weight and cost for their needs. We anticipate that the Dyneema BT range of products will become the material of choice for a wide range of vehicle platforms that require better protection against conventional as well as the most dangerous and emerging threats today.”

DSM Dyneema is on target to significantly increase its global capacity for materials for personal protection (helmets, inserts and vests) and vehicle protection as part of a previously announced up to $450 million expansion, the majority of which is occurring at its Greenville, N.C., facility.