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TPI Composites and Armor Holdings Unveil Army's First All-Composite Military Vehicle

23 July 2007

TPI Composites and Armor Holdings were joined by Congressman David Hobson to unveil a new light-weight, all-composite HMMWV.

The new vehicle, which is part of the U.S. Army’s All Composite Military Vehicle program, will be the first of its kind.

The prototype vehicle was designed to demonstrate weight savings and durability in a tactical truck for the U.S. Army that can provide soldiers with maximum protection and performance. The vehicle is the result of an 18-month research and development program with the U.S. Army TARDEC and AM General. The vehicle will serve as a demonstration of how TPI can apply its composites technology to other military vehicles or vehicle components produced by Armor Holdings.

The All Composite Military Vehicle Program was a congressional initiative supported by Congressman Hobson. TPI’s all-composite HMMWV saves approximately 900 pounds when compared to a current steel and aluminium HMMWV that is required to carry the same heavy armour. This weigh savings allows for the carriage of additional armour and other life-saving or important equipment.

“TPI is committed to applying its structural composite technology to support our soldiers,” said TPI Present and CEO Steven C. Lockard. “The light-weight, all-composite HMMWV is a great example of how advanced composite material and process technology can be applied to leapfrog our current vehicle platforms.”

In addition to unveiling the composite HMMWV, TPI and Armor Holdings also announced that they have entered a long term teaming agreement that will allow TPI’s process technology to be used on vehicles or vehicle components supplied by Armor Holdings.

“Our strategic teaming with TPI represents our strong and consistent commitment to identify technological advancements and attain technological capabilities to provide our customers with lighter, stronger and/or more producible vehicles and survivability systems,” said John J. Gatti, senior vice president and chief technology officer of Armor Holdings.