Sunday, April 16, 2006

Stronger Windshields = Safer Fighting Vehicles

I was interested to learn that a Massachusetts company is leading the way in replacing the heavy, extra thick glass in military vehicles. Surmet has developed a product called ALON which has half the weight and thickness of convention glass laminates. This means more protection with a lighter material which also makes the vehicles faster and more fuel efficient.

ALON has been around for a while but as the process to produce it has matured - the cost has come down so that now the material used in plane cockpits can be used in fighting vehicle windows as well.

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