13 January 2009
13 January 2009
Advanced Composites Group (ACG) will supply phenolic prepreg materials for a Ministry of Defence (MOD) project dedicated to improving the protection of troops serving in urban environments.
Originally ordered by the MOD from Force Protection Incorporated in America, a total of 151 Cougar vehicles will undergo their metamorphosis at Coventry (UK) based NP Aerospace. Under a £81 million contract from the MOD, NP Aerospace will morph the 4 x 4 Cougar base vehicles into the Ridgbacks by upgrading their armour protection and integrating weapons, communications systems and specialist electronic equipment.
ACG will be involved in the provision of high performance glass phenolic prepreg material to bolster existing vehicle armour and provide improved protection for the occupants and systems in the vehicles. The high performance glass phenolic prepreg material is fairly new to ACG’s ballistics product range, having been incorporated into their advanced glass and carbon composites product portfolio following the acquisition of George Cole Technologies Ltd (Primco), by ACG’s parent company, Umeco plc, at the end of 2008.
It is understood that the Ridgback will offer a level of protection similar to that provided by its big brother, the Mastiff, but in a smaller vehicle.
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.