Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Whoa! Transparent Alumninum

Ace of Spades has this article about the Air Force playing with transparent armor.

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFPN) -- Engineers here are testing a new kind of transparent armor -- stronger and lighter than traditional materials -- that could stop armor-piercing weapons from penetrating vehicle windows.

The Air Force Research Laboratory's materials and manufacturing directorate is testing aluminum oxynitride -- ALONtm -- as a replacement for the traditional multi-layered glass transparencies now used in existing ground and air armored vehicles.

Awesome! I'll avoid showing my true geekdom by not making a comment about Star Trek 4...doh!


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