Stark Aerospace introduces a new, lightweight armor

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LIBA based ProtectLite from Stark Aerospace. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update
LIBA based ProtectLite from Stark Aerospace. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update
LIBA based ProtectLite from Stark Aerospace. Photo: Tamir Eshel, Defense-Update

Stark Aerospace is introducing a new, lightweight armor called ‘ProtectLite’ at the 2014 AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition. Comprising a matrix of ceramic cylinders, based on the Israeli LIBA method patented by Mofet Etzion, ProtectLite armor offers a cost effective lightweight, highly resilient, survivability solution for vehicle armor. As a flexible, multi-hit bullet proof material, ProtectLite is up to 50% lighter in weight than armor steel with comparable ballistic protection with ~80% reduction in thickness. Its resilient nature allows application over curved surfaces and sharp angles. Due to the unique layout and structure of the panel cylinders, ProtectLite has multi hit capability. A hit to ProtectLite armor is local and does not influence neighboring elements.

“We are pleased to be offering this proven product to the U.S. military,” said Robert Foglesong, Chairman & CEO of Stark Aerospace . “ProtectLite Armor has protected hundreds of tracked and wheeled vehicles, civilian and military armored jeeps, armored helicopters, trucks, buses, ambulances, and private vehicles all over the world.”