Army Research Lab Turns to Northeastern University to Create Specialized Body Armor

NOrtheasternUThe US Army Research Laboratory is collaborating with Northeastern University’s George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security in an agreement to provide $20.4 million in funding over the next three years toward defense research.

…The agreement with the Army became official on Sept. 1. It funds two main subjects of research within the College of Engineering: creating specialized body armor and developing cold-spray technology.

“One of the problems soldiers face in the fog of war is having soldiers killing other soldiers who are not the enemy,” Vincent Harris, an electrical and computer engineering professor who is leading the body armor project, said. The proposed body armor would deflect bullets from US soldiers to mitigate the damage of both friendly and enemy fire. Read More

LightArmour Project Launched to Develop Hybrid Lightweight Armour

LightArmourA new DUTE (Dual Use Technology Exploitation Cluster) project, ‘LightArmour’, has been launched to develop armour based on a combination of Self-Reinforced Polymer (SRP) composites and lightweight ceramics. The project will also develop armour systems that are designed to be flexible; providing greater coverage and better ergonomics.

The 27 month project consists of 7 partners from across the supply chain and the knowledge base. The project is being led by NetComposites in collaboration with XeraCarb, C-Tech Innovation, Pro2Pro, Sheffield Hallam University, Cranfield University and Airbus Helicopters.

Project outputs will demonstrate the technologies suitability for protection against a variety of both civilian and defence-related threats, from light firearms to improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and can be used in applications ranging from lightweight body armour to vehicle and aerospace protection, specifically the complex-shaped parts found in helicopters. Read More

Feds Want All Bulletproof-Vest Sales Back In FCA Case

court_gavelLaw360, New York — The U.S. government asked a D.C. federal judge Monday to reconsider his ruling trimming two False Claims Act suits against a materials supplier for a now-defunct bulletproof vest manufacturer, saying the company’s alleged concealment of durability issues threw each government purchase of its material into question.

The government asked U.S. District Judge Richard W. Roberts to rethink his Sept. 4 decision to toss claims that predated a catalog distributed by now-defunct vest manufacturer Second Chance Body Armor Inc. that made specific pledges about the durability of Zylon, a Kevlar alternative produced by Toyobo Co. Ltd. Read More

Achilles Technology Solutions LLC Acquires Materials and Electrochemical Research Corporation

PressReleaseSCOTTSDALE, Ariz., /PRNewswire/ — Achilles Technology Solutions LLC (ATS) has acquired Materials and Electrochemical Research Corporation (MER). This acquisition becomes a part of Achilles Technology Solutions LLC in addition to our armor subsidiary, ATS Armor LLC.

“We are very excited with this acquisition of MER,” stated Thomas Smith, CEO of ATS and Co-Founder of TASER International INC. TASR, -2.53% “MER brings 30 years of new and exciting technologies embodied in 48+ current patents. These patents span new materials such as transparent armor that our ATS Armor subsidiary will leverage, dustless brakes that are under evaluation by a major European automotive company, and a titanium ore processing technology currently under license with one of the largest titanium companies in the world. These are but a few of the existing technologies that we will now be evaluating for further commercialization.” Press Release

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Pentagon Prepares to Deploy ‘Iron Man’ Armored Suits for Troops in 2918

IronManScreenShotThe Pentagon is poised to put a real-life “Iron Man” on the battlefield in under two years’ time, and military officials say the state-of-the-art, sensor-embedded suit of armor will give ground troops a significant advantage unmatched this side of the Marvel universe.

The Department of Defense is two years away from unveiling an Iron Man-like suit. Known as the Tactical Light Operator Suit (Talos), it can repel bullets, help lift heavy objects, and provide lifesaving oxygen. The suit also comes with 3D audio; heating and cooling systems; and embedded computers. Read More