Annex A. Science And Technology Objectives (STOs)
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)

IV.P.06p. Advanced Materials for Lightweight Combat System Protection. Develop lightweight armor materials for combat systems protection with the result of 30 percent reduction in weight by the year 2004. Knowledge gained from STO IV.P.04 of dynamic materials properties, microstructural and physical-chemical changes under impact, and penetration mechanics of ultra-lightweight armor materials will be applied to four classes of materials supporting new armor: (1) functional gradient materials, (2) high modulus polymer fibers, (3) improved sintering processed B C/SiC, and (4) ultra-fine grain ceramic matrix composite materials. By FY00, complete feasibility study of fabrication technologies for four classes of materials. By FY01, develop fabrication procedures for four classes of materials. By FY02, initiate fabrication and characterization of selected materials including ballistic performance of the four classes of materials. By FY03, complete characterization of materials and develop guidlines for optimizing fabrication processes. By FY04, scale up of fabrication processes for production and determine optimal applications.

Supports: Protect the Force, Dominate Manuever, Future Armored Combat Vehicles, FMBT.

Shun-Chin Chou Catherine Kominos Charles Campbell
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