Light Armour for Vessels and Vehicles with Composite Materials

Abstract/Technology Overview

Conventional all-metal armours are excessive in weight, often resulting in a high vehicular fuel consumption. The use of metals also often faces issues such as corrosion.

The use of composite materials for armours of vessels and vehicles, allows for the reduction in weight, whilst maintaining the protection properties of traditional materials and thereby improves the fuel consumption and environmental impact aspects.

The technologies combine the use of reinforced materials with specific resins formulations filled with particles and fibre reinforced. In order to produce the material, specific production systems and tools have been developed to integrate the mixture.

Technology Features, Specifications and Advantages

  • AIMPLAS, as a reference R&D centre for composite materials, can assist in formulating the most suitable materials combination and thicknesses for the compliance to the regulation on armouring that most interests you.
  • AIMPLAS offers a customized solution based on the study and selection of the most suitable materials for the clients, the manufacture of the laminate by means of the most appropriate process and their characterization through the corresponding ballistic resistance test.
  • The weight reduction of these armours maintains the ballistic requirements and offers you the opportunity to reduce the overall weight of your vessel or vehicle with the subsequent reduction of fuel consumption.

Potential Applications

The potential applications for light armour are in the aeronautical sector, military protection vehicles and ships when weight is an important factor.

Customer Benefit

  • Lighter material than conventional armour, with high impact absorption capacity.
  • Reduction of vehicle fuel consumption.
  • Reduction of corrosion due to replacement of metals.

Technology Owner

Jose Antonio Costa Mocholi



Technology Category
  • Materials
  • Composites
Technology Status
  • Available for Licensing
Technology Readiness Level
  • TRL 7

Composites, Materials, Vessels, Vehicles, armour, lightweight, resin