A bomb-proof lining developed by an international team of scientists, including academics from the University of Sheffield, has successfully contained blasts in a series of controlled explosions in the luggage hold of a Boeing 747 and an Airbus 321.
The Fly-Bag, which lines an aircraft’s luggage hold with multiple layers of novel fabrics and composites, was tested under increasing explosive charges on disused planes at Cotswolds Airport, near Cirencester, this week. Read More
MILWAUKEE — We’re learning more about the protective vest State Trooper Trevor Casper wore the day he died in a shootout in Fond du Lac. Officials say a bullet went through the protective vest he was wearing. So, is there anything better to protect law enforcement?
17 seconds, 21 shots — the Fond du Lac district attorney says three of the nine shots fired by Steven Snyder on March 24th, hit Trooper Trevor Casper in the hand, neck and one went through his vest. Read More
For sale: military Humvee in jungle green or desert tan. Great for hauling cargo, artillery and soldiers. Can ford rivers, traverse sand dunes and bound over rocky terrain. Not recommended for heavy urban combat or mine-laden roads. Bidding starts at $7,500.
After a storied career that spanned the 1989 invasion of Panama, the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Bosnia, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States’ fleet of Humvees is entering its twilight, and they are being sold to the highest bidder by the dozen. The vehicle is an icon of the U.S. military that replaced the Jeep and spawned a gas-guzzling commercial cousin that symbolized American ego and extravagance.
But now the Army wants a tougher, yet nimble vehicle, light enough so that a helicopter could fly it around, but resilient enough to withstand bomb blasts. Read More
Royal Ten Cate NV, a Dutch maker of materials used in flame-resistant combat gear and to protect military vehicles, agreed to be bought by a group of private-equity firms for 675 million euros ($731 million).
Stockholders will receive 24.60 euros a share in cash, the company and the buyers said in a statement Monday. That’s 27 percent above Friday’s closing price. Gilde Buy Out Partners is leading the group of acquirers, which also includes Parcom Capital and ABN Amro Participaties.
Ten Cate reported a loss last year for the first time since 2001 as an expected pickup in defense revenue failed to materialize. The company took an impairment charge on the armor business, Ten Cate said in February, as buyers postponed deliveries of vehicle armor. Read More