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Hardwire to Supply Armor for Navistar MRAP Vehicles

Hardwire LLC (Pocomoke City, Md.) reports that it has received a commitment from Navistar’s military affiliate, Navistar Defense LLC (Warrenville, Ill.), to provide armor components for Navistar’s MaxxPro Plus Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. Terms were not disclosed. The armor solutions used by Na

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Posted on: 6/1/2008
Source: Composites Technology

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Hardwire LLC (Pocomoke City, Md.) reports that it has received a commitment from Navistar’s military affiliate, Navistar Defense LLC (Warrenville, Ill.), to provide armor components for Navistar’s MaxxPro Plus Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. Terms were not disclosed.

The armor solutions used by Navistar are a product of development work initiated by Hardwire for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which later were incorporated into design developments led by the Army Research Laboratory/ATC (Aberdeen, Md.) and supported by Hardwire’s supply chain partner, DSM Dyneema LLC (Heerlen, The Netherlands). The armor upgrades are designed to provide extra protection against emerging threats.

John Hammond, VP of business development for Hardwire, says the company is using Dyneema’s UD product, comprising sheets of unidirectional polyethylene fibers layered at 90° angles. These are then compression molded and finished for use on the MRAP vehicles. “Composites in the armor industry continue to grow and continue to find a home,” says Hammond.

“We’re extremely pleased to have been selected by Navistar to supply our armor solutions on their category-leading vehicle and to play a part providing extra levels of protection to our valued warfighters overseas,” says Hardwire CEO George Tunis. “This is the culmination of well more than a year of work designing and developing solutions to protect against these new threats, and we’re thankful for the continued support of DARPA, Aberdeen, and DSM Dyneema — who all share in the same goals.”

Manufacturing will be done at Hardwire’s Development Center in Pocomoke City and in its newly constructed armor manufacturing facility at the same location. Additional fabrication work will be supported by Hardwire business partners.

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