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Morgan Advanced Materials Enhances Bomb Suit Capability with Specialist Silverback CBRN Visor

Friday, July 21st, 2017

A specialist Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) helmet visor has been launched by Morgan Advanced Materials, which integrates with its cutting edge Silverback® 4020 Elite bomb suit. This has been made available in response to increased demand for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) protective garments.

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Designed as an additional option for Morgan’s acclaimed Silverback® 4020 Elite bomb disposal suit, the Silverback CBRN visor allows for the seamless integration of in-service CBRN masks. Featuring a wider surface area to accommodate the wearing of a CBRN facemask and respiration equipment, the visor delivers a range of benefits including powerful demisting technology and a wide field of vision for optimal situational awareness, helping to maximise the safety of the wearer. The latest innovation is the outcome of more than a year of research and development, and has undergone extensive blast testing to ensure full protection for the wearer.

The unique design of the Silverback CBRN visor allows for seamless integration with leading in-service CBRN facemasks and protective undergarments. Designed to ensure full compatibility as a complete CBRN garment system, the Silverback 4020 Elite features Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment (MOLLE) attachments on the rear of suit jacket which allow for air purification and respiratory systems and other critical accessories to be attached.

Chris Davies, Technical Director at the Composites and Defence Systems business of Morgan Advanced Materials, explained: “The launch of our Silverback CBRN visor represents a significant technological breakthrough and step change in the application of our bomb suits. We are proud to have developed an EOD suit solution, which is compatible with most in-service CBRN garments to protect EOD teams from an array of threats.”

The Silverback CBRN visor is available to buy with the Silverback 4020 Elite bomb suit, or as a standalone purchase for existing Silverback 4020 Elite customers who wish to upgrade to a CBRN protective solution.

For further information, please visit www.morgandefencesystems.com/CBRNVisor

Trolley Mounted Ballistic Shield System from Morgan Advanced Materials Enables Superior Manouevrability for Elite Forces

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

To enhance mobility while delivering maximum protection against a range of potential enemy threats, Morgan Advanced Materials has developed a lightweight, highly mobile trolley system to complement its series of LASA® Ballistic Shields.

The latest innovation from Morgan Advanced Materials’ Composite and Defence Systems business acts as a mobile wall in the event of enemy fire. The presence of a trolley system ensures that soliders can continue to move uninhibited, confident in the knowledge they are well protected from enemy bullets. In situations where conflict can break out at a moment’s notice, it is important that soldiers are fully equipped to respond quickly and efficiently to any potential threats. The unique design of the system ensures that shields can be quickly removed and reconnected to the trolley as required, offering increased protection without hindering agility.

A pioneer in world-leading ballistics technology, Morgan’s range of LASA® Ballistic Shields have been proven to offer superior protection to NIJ 0101.06 Level III and against the following special threats: 7.62 x 51mm 149gr M80 FMJ; 5.56 x 45mm 55gr Ball (M193); and 7.62 x 39mm 123gr PS Ball (Mild Steel Core). Despite the superior levels of protection on offer, the use of specially-developed proprietary composite materials allows for exceptional multi-hit performance at a significantly lower weight than many alternative solutions currently available on the market, in some cases by up to 20%.

Chris Davies, Technical Director at Morgan Advanced Materials’ Composites and Defence business, explained: “By ensuring that elite soldiers remain responsive to a varied range of threats, this innovation will play an important part in minimising casualties and loss of life in combat. Our systems are built using best in class composite materials which deliver superior protection at comparatively lower weights. The lightweight aspect of our LASA® Ballistic Shields enables greater mobility for elite forces, while the introduction of our new trolley systems ensures that manouevrability benefits are maximised to their fullest extent.”

For further information on Morgan Advanced Materials’ range of soldier systems and ballistic technology, please visit www.morgandefencesystems.com/TrolleyShield.

US Marine Corps’ ACV Competition Gathers Pace as Morgan Advanced Materials Teams with SAIC for Vehicle Protection

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Sixteen development prototypes for the U.S. Marine Corps’ next-generation Amphibious Combat Vehicles 1.1 (ACVs) will be fitted with special composite armour systems from Morgan Advanced Materials, after the business was awarded a contract with Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC).

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The Composites and Defence Systems business of Morgan will supply a complete composite armour solution, consisting of appliqué armour and spall 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 Marine Corps. SAIC is one of two prime contractors selected to develop next-generation ACV 1.1s for the Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) phase of this competition. Once completed, the company’s prototypes will be 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 Systems 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.”

For further information, please visit:
www.morgandefencesystems.com


Morgan Advanced Materials Demonstrates Extensive Blast Survivability for Silverback 4020 Elite Bomb Disposal Suit

Friday, January 6th, 2017

A new video released by Morgan Advanced Materials showcases the outstanding performance of its Silverback 4020 Elite bomb disposal suit against four life impacting aspects of blast; flame immersion, high velocity fragment impact, blast pressure wave and ‘tertiary’ effects; across four different blast tests.

Critical to survivability, the tests illustrate the importance Morgan places on reducing the impact of blast pressure waves, which alongside flame and fragments, have devastating impact on internal organs without adequate protection. The testing was conducted at the independently certified OTS testing facility at Faldingworth (UK) and utilised a range of testing best practice, including key aspects of the NIJ 0117.00 Public Safety Bomb Suit Standard, in addition to other blast analysis including the Bowen Survivability Curve and overpressure reduction.

The first blast test shown on the video demonstrates the suit’s survivability when kneeling, measured against the NIJ 0117.00 Public Safety Bomb Suit Standard for an explosive of 0.567kg C4 threat at 0.6m. The recorded footage reveals that the suit provides a pressure reduction between 96.9% and 99.7%, achieving a position on the Bowen Curve showing more than 99% survivability probability (in a controlled test environment). Three further blast tests assess the suit’s survivability when standing, facing a 1kg (2.20 lbs) C4 threat at 1m, a 2kg (4.41 lbs) C4 threat at 2m, and a 10kg (22.05 lbs) C4 threat at 3m. All three tests returned a position on the Bowen Curve stating a survivability probability greater than 99% (in a controlled test environment), with a pressure reduction between 98.1% and 98.5% for 1kg and 10kg blasts.

In addition to ensuring the highest levels of survivability, the Silverback 4020 Elite is designed for enhanced manoeuvrability, providing the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) operator with the flexibility they require for operating in a restrictive environment. The business conducts its own manoeuvrability tests, testing flexibility to crouch, climb and crawl, furthermore the suit utilises a powerful demisting system embedded in the helmet for improved situational awareness. Advanced cooling systems, which incorporate a flame ingress brake mechanism are embedded into the suit enhance comfort and reduce operator fatigue. An innovative quick release system, allowing the user to evacuate the suit unaided in less than 25 seconds in the event of an emergency situation, is designed into the suit’s jacket and trousers.

Chris Davies, Technology Director at Morgan Advanced Materials’ Composites and Defence Business, commented: “We are delighted with the survivability performance of the Silverback 4020 Elite, reducing the impact of blast pressure waves has been a key focus throughout the design of the product, along with protection against flame and fragments. The suit’s high performance levels have been achieved through years of blast materials research and development, combined with leading garment engineering to create a truly world class highly flexible bomb disposal suit.“

For further information, please visit: www.morgandefencesystems.com/blast-test

Morgan Advanced Materials Launches New Ultra-Lightweight Level III Standalone Ballistic Insert

Friday, October 28th, 2016

An ultra-lightweight, high performance standalone ballistic insert, protecting against NIJ 0101.06 Level III and special rifle threats has been launched by Morgan Advanced Materials.

Morgan’s new ‘LASA LWB III+ sa06’ ballistic insert is a multi-hit standalone solution, which does not require additional soft armour. It has been tested in accordance with NIJ 0101.06 against 7.62 x 51mm 149gr M80 FMJ and the special threats; 5.56 x 45mm 55gr Ball (M193) and 7.62 x 39mm 123gr AK47 MSC (Mild Steel Core). The ballistic insert is buoyant resilient, making it ideal for both maritime environments and land operations. Furthermore, it meets stringent drop test requirements as stated in the NIJ 0101.06 specification.

With an areal density of just 14.9 kg/m² (3.05psf), a medium ballistic plate weighs just 1.0kg (2.3lbs). It is available in five sizes, delivering a customised fit to a wide range of users. The ballistic insert’s lightweight properties allow for superior mobility and lower weight burden whilst ensuring ballistic protection from NIJ Level III and special rifle threats.

Duncan Eldridge, President of Morgan’s Composites and Defence business, stated: “The LASA LWB III+ sa06 ballistic insert is our lightest standalone solution for NIJ Level III and special threats. It has been developed as a result of our use of cutting-edge materials and extensive research and development, which has enabled us to produce a product which is considerably lighter than alternative solutions. Its buoyant properties also make it ideal for use in maritime environments whilst delivering lightweight, high level protection”.

The ballistic insert is the latest addition to Morgan’s wider suite of LASA soldier protection products, which includes covert solutions for undercover operations, protection against NIJ Level III, special threats such as SS109 “Green Tip” ammunition, and special threats exceeding NIJ Level IV. All ballistic inserts are available for purchase through Morgan’s Composites and Defence Systems business in the UK, Canada and Singapore as well as through its global distribution network

For further information, please visit: www.morgandefencesystems.com/level-3-insert

Morgan Advanced Materials Awarded UK MoD Contract Valued At £1.1m  For Ballistic Shields

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

The Composites and Defence Systems business of Morgan Advanced Materials, a global leader in composite armour technology for personnel and platforms, has secured a £1.1m contract from the Ministry of Defence (United Kingdom) to supply ballistic shields and supporting services.

The contract will see Morgan provide a range of bespoke ballistic shields drawing on Morgan’s class-leading composite armour technology capability. With outstanding levels of multi-hit protection, the shields showcase the latest in lightweight armour, ensuring maximum mobility and protection for army personnel in the arena of combat.


Duncan Eldridge, President of Morgan’s Composites and Defence business, also commented: “We are enormously proud to be supplying ultra-lightweight, bespoke ballistic shields to the Ministry of Defence. Our cutting edge ballistic composite materials knowledge, coupled with rigorous in-house research, development and testing has allowed us to create ultra-lightweight ballistic shields, delivering outstanding levels of protection whilst enabling maximum manoeuvrability.

For further information, please visit www.morgandefencesystems.com.

Morgan Advanced Materials – LASA Ballistic Shield

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Morgan Advanced Materials, a global leader in the field of materials and advanced lightweight ballistic shield systems technologies, has launched a new range of high-specification ballistic shields as part of its Lightweight Armored Soldier Architecture (LASA) range.

Complementing Morgan’s existing range of hybrid composite helmets and ballistic inserts, LASA Ballistic Shields deliver outstanding multi-hit protective performance despite weighing 20% less than existing in-service solutions, at a thickness of just16mm (0.6inch).

Utilizing Morgan’s world-leading ballistics expertise and pioneering research and development into composite materials, the LASA ballistic shields offer protection to NIJ 0101.06 Level III and the following special threats: 7.62 x 51mm 149gr M80 FMJ; 5.56 x 45mm 55gr Ball (M193); and 7.62 x 39mm 123gr PS Ball (Mild Steel Core).

Available in four standard sizes to suit a broad spectrum of operational requirements in both military and law enforcement situations, designs can also be customized to meet specific customer needs, as required.

Smaller variants in the range have been specially designed to offer full mobility to end users, enabling the user to move at speed while remaining protected. The larger variants are available for environments where a more comprehensive level of protection is required.

Duncan Eldridge, President of Morgan Advanced Materials – Composites & Defense Systems, commented: “Our goal with the LASA range is to provide a range of solutions which offer proven, premium protection at the lowest possible weight, for both military and law enforcement applications. Lower weight means greater mobility and reduced fatigue – a key benefit for those operating on the front line. Our world-leading expertise in composite research and development for ballistics, coupled with extensive testing, enables us to meet the varied needs of elite military and law enforcement personnel around the world.”

For further information please visit: www.morgandefencesystems.com/LASA-shields

Morgan Advanced Materials and D3O Announce New Helmet

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Morgan and D3O create world’s most advanced helmet for defence sector

Morgan Advanced Materials, a world leader in the application of advanced composite material technology, has incorporated D3O TRUST high-performance padding system into its ultra-lightweight combat helmet portfolio, the LASA AC914 and LASA AC915. The combination of Morgan’s hybrid composite ballistic helmet shell technology, with D3O’s impact pads is believed to be the most advanced combat helmet in the global market.

The D3O TRUST helmet liner system, created by the experts in real-world impact protection solutions, is engineered using patented composite materials. The seven-piece system which exceeds required Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH) protection levels by 33% at 10ft/sec, has now been used by Morgan to complement its world leading ballistic helmet shell technology.

Morgan’s LASA AC914 and LASA AC915 ballistic helmets are manufactured using proprietary ultra-lightweight, composite hybrid technology, which provides structure, durability and a level of protection at weights significantly lower than previously available. The helmets are the outcome of over three years of materials and product development at Morgan’s Ballistics Centre of Excellence.

Weighing in at 1.25kg (2.9lb) for a full cut LASA AC914 helmet and 1.15kg for a high cut LASA AC915 variant, these composite hybrid helmets are 7.5% lighter than a typical advanced combat helmets with 10% enhanced 17gr FSP Performance (735m/s). Built for comfort and endurance, the D3Oâ TRUST 10ft/sec blunt trauma impact padding system exceeds all regulatory performance standards and is recognised as the most durable and comfortable solution on the global market.

Duncan Eldridge, President of Morgan Advanced Materials – Composites and Defence Systems, explains: “Morgan has been at the forefront of ballistic protective combat helmet design for more than 30 years and we are proud to partner with D3O in the creation of our most advanced combat helmet yet”.

“The unrivalled performance of the D3O TRUST padding system and the resulting helmet is one which provides the highest levels ballistic protection at an extraordinarily low weight – a technological advancement which is sure to shape the sector.”

Todd Dunnagan, Director – D3O Global Defence Sector commented: “Morgan’s helmet shell technology provides flammability protection, ballistic protection and a structurally sound platform for the integration of blunt impact and retention systems, which, combined with the comfort and shock-absorbing capabilities of our D3O TRUST helmet liner system, delivers the ultimate lightweight, high-performance head protection solution.”

Available in a variety of configurations, the LASA helmets are compatible with in-service equipment including night vision goggles, as well as an array of other accessories. The LASA AC914 and LASA AC915 are available to purchase through Morgan’s locations in the UK, Canada and Singapore.

For more information on Morgan’s ballistic helmets, visit www.morgandefencesystems.com/LASA-900 and for details on the D3O TRUST helmet liner system, go to www.d3o.com/d3o_products/trust-helmet-liner-system.