Eurosatory 2016

Ceramic armour gets complex [ES2016D3]

15 June 2016

German survivability system expert IBD Deisenroth Engineering (Hall 6, Stand K567) is displaying an example of its latest composite ceramic-faced armour protection. The component demonstrates the company’s ability to produce ceramic armour offering high protection levels for complex shapes, a requirement that had hitherto required heavy steel to satisfy.

IBD had previously pioneered the production of homogenous composite parts for wheelhouses and sponson areas, offering high levels of protection against IED and heavy ballistic threats.

These are in service on several large armoured vehicles.

However, this ceramic-faced armour could be produced only in flat panels.

Now IDB has further developed the technology to create complex 3D structural shapes with integrated ceramics that can provide protection to STANAG 4659 Levels 5 and 6, as well as against severe fragmentation and explosively formed penetrator IED threats.

Replacing steel structural components with shaped ceramic armour realises major weight savings, and also avoids potential weak spots such as welding seams. The IBD-developed production process not only allows this technology to be applied to complex geometric forms, but also to produce components cost-effectively.

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