Upgrading Vehicles with Composite Armour Solutions
Platform armouring land vehicle protection helps in different aspects. First, let us take a look at the advantages that it offers and then we will see the latest types of composite armours solutions that are being used today.
Major advantages of composite armour
Let’s take a look at some of the different aspects that platform armouring addresses. Of the several big advantages that are attributed to composite armours, here are some of the most major ones.
• Payload capabilities: Lightweight vehicles make it easier for vehicular contingents to carry more tactical weights that are likely to assist occupants rather than adding to the weight of the vehicle.
• Protection against newly evolved threats: Advanced armour protection offers superior protection against threats that have evolved in modern war scenarios. Fragments have come to be a major concern in protecting soldiers, composite armour solutions prevent spall and other fragments from penetrating and wounding occupants.
- Enhanced in-theatre performance: Advanced composite armour solutions contribute to better ballistic and operational performance parameters (manoeuvrability) on the field.
- Multirole Deployment: New age composite solutions made of Flexar, Fibre Glass. UHMWPE, Blankets are contributing factor in enhancing multi-role deployment of armoured vehicles.
Types of composite armours
Depending on the requirement of the vehicle and circumstances where it will be used there are different alternatives available. Here is a comparative weight chart of the alternatives.
Aramid Panels: Aramid panels weight at 25 kg/sq.m, which makes them very lightweight. That also facilitates easy moulding. These are low cost and come with excellent fire, chemical and corrosion resistance. Aramid plates are easy to cut and can prevent occupants from a wide range of ballistic threats.
Ceramic Composite Panels: Ceramic composite armour solutions weigh slightly more than the previous alternative at 32 kg/sq. m. It provides superior protection against armour piercing bullets and is one of the most cost effective solutions available today.
Steel composite panels: Heaviest of the three mentioned here, this also has the highest level of ballistic protection and can take multiple hits without major structural compromise.
Use cases of composite armour solutions
Composite armour has a wide scope of application. Composite armours are used in civilian scenarios, but the major application is on combat vehicles. Here are some examples:
Gun turret exposes the gun operator to spall threats. To mitigate that and prevent mortal injury against NIJ Level III threats. It has been designed and developed as astandalonekit for patrol vehicles.
Add on Armour
Externally applicable add-0n armours for vehicles(both land and aquatic) help in upgrading old vehicles to be compatible with NIJ Level III to STANAG Level I.
Ballistic Protection for Missile Launchers
Armouring specifically designed to protect missile launchers and ensures protection without affecting performance.
Today, there is a wide assortment of composite armours solutions which offer robust protection and meet high quantitative requirements of strength, capability and reliability.