Fuel tanks and containers are particularly at risk from small-arms fire, which is why UK-based Permali Gloucester (Hall 6, Stand H528) has teamed up with US firm High Impact Technology (HIT) on the operationally proven BattleJacket self-sealing fuel tank.
As an elastomeric ‘spray on’ coating, applied to both metallic and plastic surfaces, the BattleJacket contains special super-absorbent polymer beads that swell into a solid when exposed to fuel, thus helping to tightly seal the entrance and exit holes created by a projectile.
The company has recently been awarded two significant contracts for composite armour panels demonstrating, as Colin MacAdam, managing director at Permali emphasised, “that Permali has developed worldl-eading composite technology”.
One contract is from General Dynamics European Land Systems, with the panels destined to be an important part of the ballistic protection measures in the UK’s new Ajax vehicle, a state-of-the-art medium armoured fighting and reconnaissance platform of which 589 have been ordered.
The other contract awarded recently was for the supply of composite ballistic armour panels to Supacat. The panels will provide ballistic protection on a specific HMT Extenda vehicle being designed and built for a major order that Supacat will be delivering in 2017/18.