Kairos Partners Inc. (Chester, Va., USA) announced on Nov. 15 that the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently awarded Kairos an opportunity to participate in its Armor Challenge for Vehicles.
The challenge seeks to identify revolutionary and promising new armor concepts for military vehicles, specifically to identify vehicle armor within a pre-established total areal density and capable of defeating two threats: Specified armor-piercing rounds and fragment-simulating projectiles. A secondary goal is to determine the feasibility of producing vehicle armor materials at a cost competitive to current vehicle armor.
Kairos uses several technologies that combine metal matrix composites (MMCs) and three-dimensionally woven fiber composites into a passive armor solution that can be produced in any shape or thickness. This solution allows for lightweight, cost-effective, high-volume production of armor for current vehicles, as well as for future land, air, sea, and space platforms.
The Vehicle Armor Challenge is primarily designed for inventors and small organizations that have limited resources to initiate full-scale armor development programs. It is an opportunity for developers to obtain a rapid and impartial assessment of existing armor designs in a live fire “shoot-out” of armor panels at a certified ballistics laboratory.
“DARPA has given us a chance to prove our technology, and truly presents us with opportunity. The Kairos solution is unique, based upon years of development, and involves many great partners’ collaboration. The development has been exciting and the thought of saving American Soldiers lives makes all the effort worthwhile.” said Don Akers, president/CEO, Kairos Partners.