02 December 2002
02 December 2002
US Global Aerospace has introduced the SAG Turret Armor System for mounting on high-mobility military, police and security vehicles.
The SAG Turret System has been designed as a highly ballistic resistant lightweight personnel protection shielded turret for the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (""HMMWV"", commonly pronounced Hum-Vee). There are currently over 150,000 HMMWV's deployed around the world. The SAG Turret System weighs less than 200 pounds and offers significant ballistic ordnance protection to what would otherwise be a fully exposed soldier. Traditional armor shields are far too heavy and impede the gunner's ability to effectively and rapidly rotate the turret during battle situations.
The durability, strength and low weight of the SAG Turret System comes from the proprietary G-Lam nano-fiber material. G-Lam is created with a patented computer-designed weaving process that results in a crimp-free material with tensile performance far superior to common anti-ballistic composite materials, which suffer from excessive fiber crimping and a rapid fall-off in woven material strength.
Solvay has signed a ten-year agreement for the supply of composites and adhesives to be used across Bell's military and commercial rotorcraft programmes, including the Bell 429, 407, 505, 525, V-22, and UH-1.
SGL Carbon and Fraunhofer IGCV have officially opened the Fibre Placement Centre (FPC) at SGL's site in Meitingen, Germany. Compositence, BA Composites and the Chair for Carbon Composites at the Technical University of Munich have also joined the alliance, and Coriolis Group and Cevotec are planning to come on board as partners.
With the aim developing a broader platform for additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, the University of Exeter, UK, and Victrex, have formed a strategic partnership to introduce next-generation polyaryletherketone (PAEK) polymers and composites while improving the performance of the underlying AM processes.