Business

October 22, 2012

Honeywell’s Spectra Shield(r) ballistic material to improve U.S. Army helicopter armor

Honeywell announced Oct. 22 that its Spectra Shield(r) ballistic material will be used to improve armor protection on U.S. Army helicopters.

The Protective Group, Inc., a leading developer and integrator of lightweight composite armor for military aircraft, is incorporating Spectra Shield material into armor upgrades for U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters.

“Spectra Shield material provides an ideal combination of proven ballistic performance and light weight, which is critical for applications ranging from body armor to aircraft,” said Roy Ash, global marketing manager for Honeywell’s Advanced Fibers and Composites business. “Armor that uses Spectra Shield material provides a superior level of protection for helicopters and the personnel inside, while the material’s lighter weight will allow the aircraft to carry heavier loads and save fuel.”

The new TPG solution is expected to reduce armor weight on the Black Hawk and Chinook helicopters by as much as 40 percent compared with the currently fielded system. TPG expects to upgrade armor on approximately 200 Chinook helicopters over the next four years under a contract from the U.S. Army, and is also working to meet the needs of the Black Hawk community.

TPG is an industry leader in developing survivability solutions for aviation platforms and the manufacturer of helicopter ballistic protection systems for the Special Forces and an increasingly larger percentage of the U.S. military’s helicopter fleet.

“Honeywell’s materials and expertise enabled us to deliver design solutions that meet the demanding specifications set out by the U.S. Army,” said Michael Breslin, executive vice president of business development for TPG. “The proven performance of Spectra Shield materials in military applications made it a superior choice for this integrated solution.”

Spectra Shield is a composite material made with Spectra(r) fiber, an ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene fiber that, pound for pound, is 15 times stronger than steel, yet light enough to float. Honeywell’s patented Shield technology lays parallel strands of synthetic fiber side by side and holds them in place with a resin system. Layers of the material are then cross-plied at right angles and fused into a composite structure under heat and pressure.

Honeywell ballistic materials have been trusted to protect military and police forces around the world for more than two decades. In addition to military aircraft, they are used in a variety of applications where lightweight strength is critical, including bullet-resistant helmets, vests, breast plates and combat vehicles.

Honeywell maintains an active Spectra fiber and ballistic materials research and development program focused on meeting increased demand for its high-performance materials.

Spectra fiber is also used in a wide variety of industrial and recreational applications, including rope and lifting slings, mooring lines, fishing line, sail cloth and security netting.

 




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Northrop, Navy celebrate legacy of EA-6B Prowler

Northrop Grumman photograph by Edgar Mills The U.S. Navy’s last operational EA-6B Prowler, designed and built by Northrop Grumman, lifts off from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. in a ceremonial fly-away June 27 from its long time operational base. The Navy is retiring the Prowler after nearly 45 years of service.   The U.S....
 
 

Lockheed signs agreements for two full-flight simulators

Lockheed Martin Commercial Flight Training and Airbus have signed a frame contract enabling Airbus to expedite procurement of flight simulation devices for their customers, Airbus training centers and their affiliates worldwide. The frame contract emphasizes the shared intent to partner on future training programs, and combines Airbus’ and Lockheed Martin Commercial Flight Training’s expert...
 
 

Drone Aviation receives order for U.S. Army aerostat system enhancement

Drone Aviation Holding Corp., a developer of specialized lighter-than-air aerostats and tethered drones, announced June 24 that its wholly owned subsidiary, Drone Aviation Corp., has been awarded an order from U.S. Government prime contractor BAE Systems for parts and services related to enhancing and supporting two WASP aerostat systems owned and operated by the U.S....
 

 

Boeing names Muilenburg as chief executive officer

The Boeing board of directors has elected Dennis A. Muilenburg the company’s 10th chief executive, succeeding W. James (Jim) McNerney, Jr., who held the position for the past 10 years. Muilenburg, who has served as Boeing president and chief operating officer since 2013, becomes president and CEO July 1. McNerney, who joined Boeing’s board of...
 
 
boeing-thailand

Boeing, Thai Airways International celebrate 25th direct 777 delivery

  Boeing and Thai Airways International Public Company Limited celebrated the Thailand flag carrier’s 25th direct 777 delivery, a 777-300ER (Extended Range), from the Boeing delivery center in Everett, Wash.  “...
 
 

General Dynamics receives $219 million for U.S. Army’s WIN-T increment 2 systems

General Dynamics received the first full rate production order from the U.S. Army to build additional Warfighter Information Network – Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 2 systems.  The $219 million order includes the production of more than 300 vehicle-based network communication nodes along with related equipment and materials. WIN-T Increment 2 is the Army’s communications backbone providin...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>