Phenolic Prepregs Boost Warthog Defences

02 October 2009

Composite phenolic prepreg materials from Advanced Composites Group Ltd. (ACG), are being used by UK based Permali Gloucester Ltd to manufacture appliqué armour and spall liners for one of their recent military contracts.

More than 100 military vehicles were ordered by the Ministry of Defence from ST Kinetics in a deal worth over £150M.

Permali Gloucester Ltd., responsible for completing the contract, will be using technologies developed around ACG’s ballistic phenolic prepreg materials within the armour, which must meet an exacting ballistic specification and to integrate with other essential equipment installed on the ST Kinetics’ Warthog vehicle.

Permali regards this method as being a cost-effective process that provides a significant weight reduction compared to traditional metallic solutions.

The project, which is dedicated to improving the protection of UK Armed Forces serving in urban environments of Afghanistan, will see the appliqué armour and spall liners used to ‘morph’ ST Kinetics' Bronco All Terrain Carrier into a variant that the MoD has designated the “Warthog”.

The Warthog is a development of ST Kinetics' Bronco All Terrain Carrier, a robust and proven articulated platform with a payload of more than 5 tonnes. The platform's articulated design delivers exceptional mobility across a wide range of terrain and climate, and is extensively armoured. Described as a ""beast of a vehicle"", delivery of the Warthog will begin at the end of this year.

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