Eurosatory 2016

Fuel tank stands up to gunfire [ES2016D3]

15 June 2016

Aircraft and vehicles are always susceptible to enemy fire, which can rupture an integral fuel tank. Israeli firm Magam Safety (Hall 6, Stand ED617) has just introduced a lightweight self-sealing fuel cell able to withstand gunshots from weapons up to 12.7mm (.50 calibre).

“The tank we are presenting for the first time at Eurosatory is the only one of its kind that can withstand heavy machinegun fire and at the same time, is lightweight,” said Magam chairman Amit Tesler.

According to the company, these flexible fuel cells, sometimes called bladder cells or tanks, withstand even the harshest environments and weather conditions, including extreme temperatures, shocks, pressure and water. They are 75 per cent lighter than metal tanks, making them ideal for military aircraft, helicopters and drones, as well as armoured fighting vehicles and even main battle tanks (MBTs).

The customised cells are manufactured to provide the maximum safety, easy field repair or replacement.

“The fuel tanks that we have been developing and marketed for many years have been successfully embedded by dozens of customers around the world on their air, land and sea platforms, and have been battle-tested for more than 40 years in our MBTs,” Tesler said.

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