8 December 2015

US ARMY Demonstrates TenCate ABDS™ Active Mine Blast Defeat on Heavy Combat Platforms for DARPA

TenCate Advanced Armor and the US ARMY Research Labs (ARL) successfully completed an Active Underbody Blast Protection test series on behalf of the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Additional government offices, including the Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), the Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE) - Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) and the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD), were at Maryland’s Aberdeen Proving Grounds in October to witness the lifesaving capabilities of the TenCate ABDS™ Sentinel X™ system on a heavy combat vehicle platform.

This US ARMY Research Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) effort validates the ability of the TenCate ABDS™ Sentinel X™ active blast defeat system to protect ground vehicle occupants from the devastating effects of insurgent land mines, roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices (IED’s). RDECOM’s critical evaluation process ensures that the TenCate technologies are safe, robust in design, reliability, and performance and ready to protect ground vehicle crews who work in harm’s way.

Mitigating mine blast energy

The TenCate ABDS™ Sentinel X™ blast protection system can save lives and reduce long term debilitating injuries by mitigating the dangerous effects of mine blast energy. ABDS™ Sentinel X™ reduces the launch acceleration of the vehicle, jump height, flight duration and the ensuing fall back to earth. A command-wide CRADA is in place to advantage the vast capabilities and expertise of the US ARMY RDECOM’s engineering centers along with an integrated approach to testing and developing the system’s features, speeding its acceptance and certifying its Technology Readiness Level (TRL).

Lifesaving technology

“The US Army has a clear vision for the protection of mounted troops and TenCate continues to develop important lifesaving technologies to meet these needs”, says Paul Palmer, Director of Business Development - Active Armor Systems for TenCate Advanced Armor Design. “TenCate is committed to this world class “soldier survivability” program and determined to meet or exceed every mil-spec requirement in order to quickly, yet safely, make this important underbody blast protection technology available to the warfighter.”

Scalable on a wide range of combat and tactical, wheeled and tracked platforms

The TenCate ABDS™ family of active blast technologies can deliver significant improvements in occupant survivability. Third party tests confirm that decreased energy absorption, lower vehicle jump height, and mitigated “slam down” can reduce injuries, shorten recovery times, and improve mission effectiveness. The TenCate ABDS system offers weight, space and cost efficiencies for a wide range of new or fielded platforms and ABDS™ Sentinel X™ is uniquely scalable to adapt to mission needs and evolving threats.

 ABDS™ Sentinel X™ is the world’s first practical ACTIVE underbody blast threat protection system and it is ready for platform evaluations today. TenCate Advanced Armor Design has dedicated engineering offices in Goleta, California and specializes in the creation of systems that provide passive and active armor protection for Militaries and Law Enforcement.

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