Press Release: Dutch Ministery of Defence & Allplast B.V. start innovation project ballistic armoured glazing
The Hague, June 19th 2014
General Major Peter Dohmen, Director Logistic Companies, Material and Organisation (DMO) dept. and Brigadier General Gerard F. Koot Direction Plans of the Dutch Ministry of Defence, and Mr. Roald Bol, CEO of Allplast B.V. Tholen, today signed a three years agreement under the Codemo subsidy project for the development of thinner and lighter armoured glazing from transparant plastics.
Due to the high weight of defence equipment, parties will develop alternative “polymer material” to decrease the weight of heavy bulletproof glazing of armoured vehicles/trucks and naval patrol boats. A significant weight reduction will lead to lower fuel consumption, reduced CO2 emissions and will increase the range of defence equipment.
By varying process and production techniques and combinations of plastics with other materials, an ideal window can be developed that meets all requirements. These new laminates will, after certification by TNO, be built-in by the manufacturers of defence vehicles and vessels.
In addition to the development of lighter and thinner plastic glazing for the bullet proof application, coated nano-particles will be used to achieve EMI shielding. This will protect the army vehicle or marine vessel against electromagnetic radiation from outside, which seeks to disrupt equipment on board.
This Codemo project will be lead by Allplast, with knowledge and material contribution of the Technical University Eindhoven (Laboratory of Polymer Materials), TNO (Laboratory for Ballistics Research), Arkema Colombes France and Sabic from Bergen op Zoom, a well-known producer of polycarbonate sheets.
Roald Bol from Allplast BV, General-Major Peter Dohmen and Brigadier Generaal Gerard F. Koot sign the agreement.