US Marine Corps’ ACV competition gathers pace as Morgan Advanced Materials partners with SAIC for vehicle protection03 Apr 2017 Morgan Advanced Materials Composites and Defence
Sixteen development prototypes for the US Marine Corps’ next-generation Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACVs) will be fitted with specialist composite armour systems from Morgan Advanced Materials, after the business was awarded a significant contract with SAIC.
The Composites and Defence Systems business of Morgan will supply a complete composite armour solution, consisting of appliqué armour, spall liners and roof liners, which are part of its established CAMAC® composite platform armour portfolio. Furthermore, Morgan will deliver lightweight composite flotation boxes, specifically designed to fit the vehicle’s geometry. The development of this high performance, low mass armour system is a result of working with leading materials and decades of engineering experience in ballistic and blast protective technologies.
The selection of Morgan’s armour solution and composite flotation boxes is the latest stage of a wider tender process from the US Marine Corps. SAIC outmanoeuvred three other manufacturers in a competitive pitch to win the prototype development project in late 2015, with the brief to develop next-generation ACVs which will ferry troops ashore and into battle. Once completed, the company’s prototypes will be aggressively tested in 2017, with the potential for both SAIC’s design and Morgan’s CAMAC® armour to be down selected for the full programme.
Duncan Eldridge, President of Morgan’s Composites and Defence business, commented: “We are honoured to be selected by SAIC to deliver the armour solution and composite floatation boxes for their ACV. Our platform armour solutions are a result of extensive materials and product development, ensuring our armour delivers outstanding multi-hit protection at an extraordinarily low weight. This is the latest in a number of significant project wins for our composites and defence business, and is a huge endorsement of Morgan’s composite armour technology and product development team.”