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CPS Awarded Agreement with Army Research Lab (posted 10/21/08)

The agreement seeks to develop the manufacturing technology needed to produce large modules of armor material.

CPS Technologies Corp. recently announced that it has been awarded a cooperative agreement from the Army Research Laboratory to further develop manufacturing technologies to produce large modules of hybrid metal matrix composite armor. Funded under the U.S. Department of Defense Manufacturing Technology Program, the four-year agreement includes first-year government funding of $1 million.

This cooperative agreement seeks to develop the manufacturing technology needed to produce large modules of armor material designed through a collaborative effort using CPS’ existing patented HybridTech™ metal matrix composite armor technology and technologies developed at the Army Research Laboratory. CPS HybridTech armor modules encapsulate hard, brittle ceramics in a stiff and tough metal matrix composite skin.

The armor modules comprise multiple materials completely enveloped within and mechanically and chemically bonded to lightweight and stiff aluminum metal matrix composites. According to the company, these armor materials offer a lightweight, multi-hit-capable and cost competitive alternative to conventional steel, aluminum and ceramic-based armor systems.

The company’s website is located at www.alsic.com.


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