New and Greater Threats
The latest generation of armour-piercing (AP) bullets is posing a growing threat upon armed forces. Standard-size (7.62mm) bullets equipped with hard metal (Tungsten carbide) cores are capable of penetrating up to an inch of hardened armor steel. Higher caliber bullets (12.7mm and 14.5mm) are obviously even more difficult to defeat.
Such AP rounds are growing increasingly commonplace amongst armed forces and various military groups. In addition, threats are increasingly emerging from unpredictable directions and at unexpected times - it is no longer satisfactory to provide high-level protection to frontline vehicles and personnel only.
Armour materials must also be extremely robust, in order to withstand shocks encountered during day-to-day operations. Military vehicles must rapidly travel through harsh terrain; body armour plates worn by military personnel may be exposed to any number of shocks during combat.
New requirements also insist that protective materials must defeat a number subsequent of AP impacts within a very limited-size area - the material must thus retain its performance capacity after being hit with several AP rounds.
Today's typical armour materials comply, at best, to only a fraction of the abovementioned requirements. Today's supply of high-performance armour also falls far short of global demand. In brief, there is an urgent and growing need for high-performance, robust and lightweight armour.