Ceramic Industry

Ceradyne to Develop Armored Truck Cab Prototype (8/15/06)

August 15, 2006
Ceradyne, Inc. has received a purchase order from Mack Trucks, Inc. for a prototype lightweight ceramic armored truck cab incorporating technology specifically designed to meet the requirements of the U.S. Army's recently announced Long Term Armor Strategy (LTAS). Ceradyne expects to deliver the armored cab to Mack in August 2006.

The cab is a Mack® Granite™ typically used in severe service applications. Ceradyne will incorporate its FlexKit™ ceramic armor system, which is adjustable, interchangeable, and consistent with LTAS requirements for ballistic and blast protection. The build will be performed at Ceradyne's Wixom, Mich., facility, with the lightweight armor design allowing the use of Mack's standard drive train components. Mack is actively working with engineering firms to optimize the overall cab design, with a focus on crew situational awareness and ease of operations.

Additional information is available at www.ceradyne.com.