Protecting people: military vehicles
TenCate Advanced Armour manufactures antiballistic materials for personal protection and for passive and active vehicle and aircraft armour. In this way TenCate helps to enhance the protection of drivers, pilots, crew and cargo in hostile territory.
TenCate supplies armour kits for vehicles such as the LPPV Foxhound from General Dynamics and the Zetros GLF and Atros from Daimler. Two tenders (Denmark and France) are currently in progress. Some 20 per cent of vehicle projects involve retrofit applications: incorporating protection into existing vehicle platforms, including those that have seen service in Afghanistan. Despite the decline in demand, TenCate continues to retain a good position in these markets. A few small suppliers have left the market, while there has been consolidation at a couple of larger competitors. TenCate Advanced Armour has production locations in the US, the UK, France, Denmark and the Netherlands. The group is taking full advantage of opportunities for synergy in raw materials, materials and production capacity.
One of the key areas of attention in the development of new product-market-technology combinations is the TenCate ABDS™ active blast countermeasure system. This is a cost-effective solution that drastically limits the impact of an IED (roadside bomb) explosion. The system was launched during the Association of the United States Army conference in October last year. The TenCate ABDS™ active blast countermeasure system is a survival solution, potentially in combination with existing (passive) vehicle armour. The orders that TenCate currently has on its books are related to test programmes. Armies will continue to need improvement for the protection of their vehicles in the years ahead and so will opt for solutions that are lighter than traditional armour.