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Ceradyne, Inc. was recently notified by the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Command (TACOM) that its alternate lightweight armor materials, submitted in response to the Army’s Long Term Armor Strategy (LTAS) requirements for advanced armor solutions for application on the tactical wheel vehicle fleet, have been accepted for formal evaluation by TACOM’s LTAS team.
“This is a significant step forward for Ceradyne and the potential use of advanced lightweight ceramic composite materials,” said Marc King, vice president of Armor Operations. “It is the culmination of an 18-month run-up of development, testing and data collection that is necessary to meet the Army’s stringent performance requirements and start a process that will, we believe, clearly demonstrate that Ceradyne’s advanced armor materials can perform on a par with metal armor solutions, and at a significant savings in weight. Following what is expected to be the successful conclusion of a comprehensive test and evaluation program, Ceradyne’s advanced armoring materials will be made available to OEM truck manufacturers on a pre-approved basis, whereby they can be incorporated into existing production and future vehicle cab designs.”
Additional information is available at www.ceradyne.com.