Morgan Advanced Materials’ Composites and Defence Systems business announces that it has been awarded two body armor development contracts by the Canadian government, which will focus on a next generation lightweight, low-profile higher performing design for personal armor plates. The body armor will provide protection for high threat levels, including difficult multi-hit requirements. The two contracts run until March 2016 with options for production extending until March 2021.
Morgan’s armor development program closely follows objectives outlined in the Canada First Defence Strategy, which ensures high levels of Canadian content to build upon Canada’s key industrial capabilities. The most recent development work contract is an extension of the already impressive portfolio of work undertaken by the company, which also provides plates to the UK Ministry of Defence, as well as the US Military and Special Forces.
The new contracts are integral to Morgan’s goal of supporting Canada with the requirements outlined in Canada’s Soldier System Technology Roadmap. The Composites and Defence Systems business specializes in composite systems for commercial, medical, security and defense applications including vehicle armor, combat helmets and body armor. Upon successful completion of the development contracts a second phase includes options for body armor production for the Canadian military.
We are delighted to have secured these two prestigious contracts, which underline our excellent reputation within the industry
said Duncan Eldridge, President of Morgan Advanced Materials’ Composites and Defence Systems business. “The new plates demonstrate a core commitment by the Canadian government to develop the protection of soldiers in the military and we feel that these new body armor plates will play an integral role in doing so.”
About our Composites and Defence Systems business
The Composites and Defence Systems business of Morgan Advanced Materials makes innovative products using composite materials and specialist manufacturing techniques.We have extensive capabilities for product design, development, manufacture and test. Our longstanding experience allows us to meet diverse customer requirements from small glass thermoplastic moldings for medical applications to large-scale thermosets for the aerospace industry.
The Composites and Defence Systems business is an established supplier of lightweight armor products for effective protection of people and vehicles. We make a range of combat-proven body armour including helmets and ballistic protection jackets and vests. Our composite vehicles armor systems offer exceptional ballistic and mechanical performance.