U.S. Military Requirements for Armor Material Report Released
Conclusions from the report include:
- 2011 armor material requirements represent roughly 30% of 2008’s peak armor material requirements.
- Armor material prices have declined substantially from 2008, with great variability in that price decline from material to material.
- After a funding retrenchment in 2012-13, demand for armor materials will gradually recover through 2020 as modernization programs for existing vehicle programs and new vehicle platforms reach Milestone C and full rate production.
- Over the time horizon of the report, a trend of increasing vehicle protection levels from kinetic energy threats is evident.
- A shift in vehicle armor applications from add-on armor to integrated armor is evident over time. This shift applies to both protection from kinetic energy threats and IED/mine protection.
- Light tactical vehicles are the major contributor to armor material requirements in 2015 to 2020.
- By 2020, ceramic material is deployed within armor solutions for a broader range of vehicle platforms and for a broader range of Stanag protection levels.
- Transparent armor requirements for field replacements decline substantially as troops and equipment are withdrawn from theater.
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