Composite Appliqué Armour Solutions

Permali is the UK's leading supplier of lightweight ballistic and blast protection armour solutions for land, sea and air defence sectors to MOD, EU, NATO and US defence environmental, ballistic and safety standards.

The company has a long established global reputation as an innovative designer and manufacturer of lightweight anti-ballistic and blast resistant advanced composite fibre reinforced (FRP) materials and fabricated appliqué armour systems.

Permali’s expert team of material scientists and design engineers work closely with the MOD, the military and defence sector manufacturers to develop armour systems which improve protection levels and minimise weight.

Different armour solutions are needed to meet the specific application requirements of each defence sector. Permali provides tailored ballistic and blast appliqué armour solutions for the different types of armoured vehicles, warships and combat aircraft.

Permali products currently being used by armed forces all around the world for combat, anti-terrorist and UN peace-keeping activities include: appliqué armour panels, underfloor blast resistant armour and spall liners.

Production Capabilities for Armour Systems

Permali’s extensive materials processing capabilities includes FRP laminate sheet pressing, vacuum infusion, closed moulding and CNC routing/water jet cutting of complex shaped advanced composite parts.

Permaglass® armour plating systems are precision made to fit the different specifications and design geometries of military vehicles, naval vessels and combat aircraft.

Armour grade Permaglass® laminate sheet and sandwich panels are combined with ceramic armour plating, steel and aircraft grade aluminium materials, offering high velocity anti-ballistic protection levels ranging from small arms to heavy machine guns as required.

Specialty prepreg fibre reinforcements, thermoplastics, ceramic plates and coating materials used by Permali for manufacturing integrated Permaglass® composite appliqué amour systems include:

  • Ballistic grade UHMWPE fibres, including DSM Dyneema® and Honeywell Spectra Shield®
  • Kevlar® and Twaron® rubber coated aramid fibres
  • Woven and non-woven S2, E glass fibre fabrics and tissues
  • Alumina, silicon and boron carbide ballistic grade ceramic plates
  • Chemical resistant Tufshield® elastomeric PU coating

Ballistic and blast grade Permaglass® composite stock sheets or custom moulded, CNC machined flat and curved armour panel kits are produced to order for defence and security sector manufacturing companies. Sub-assembly armour components can be supplied with metal insert fixings, Tufshield® coated or painted.

Ultra-lightweight Ceramic-Composite Aircraft Armour

Ballistic and blast protection armour panelling is fitted inside an aircraft behind the fuselage. For land and navel defence armour, weight is less critical than for aircraft, especially helicopters.

To provide the lightest ballistic resistant armour system possible, low density silicon carbide or even lower density boron carbide advanced ceramic plates are used by Permali for aircraft armour systems; lower density ceramic plates are more mass efficient, so can produce lighter, higher performing anti-ballistic armour.

Permali supplies lightweight aircraft appliqué armour that is easily installed and removed to save weight when not needed. Armour systems are developed for both new aircraft models and to upgrade the protection level of in-service planes and helicopters. All Permali aircraft armour systems meet FAR/CS25 and FAR/CS29 regulatory standards.

Defence Sector – Ballistic Armour Applications

01.Ballistic Military Vehicle Armour

Permali has designed and manufactured numerous spall liner and ballistic armour solutions for different types of MOD and NATO armoured vehicles including:

  • ­ MOD armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) such as: Viking, Warthog, Challenger 2, Bulldog, Trojan, Titan and Warrior platforms for the British Army
  • ­ Medium and light protected patrol and infantry vehicles such as: VBCI Nexter and Aravis armoured infantry vehicle for the French Army and all MoD Foxhound patrol vehicle models for the British Army
  • ­ EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) and Counter Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (CIEDD) vehicles – small arms fire anti-ballistic and mine/IED blast protection chassis armour, such as for the MoD Wedgwood CIEDD

Logistical support vehicle cab armour – ballistic, mine and bomb fragment armour protection for lorries and fuel tankers, such as the Oshkosh cab for Heavy Equipment Transporters (HET) and tankers.

02.Warship RATTAM Ballistic Protection

Permali design and develop ballistic protection systems for storage areas on ships for ammunition, high explosive charges and pyrotechnics. Armour systems are designed to meet a variety of combat threats including sniper attack.

Naval vessels in service around the world fitted out with Permali ballistic protection and desk safety products include: aircraft carriers, helicopter carriers, corvettes, frigates, destroyers.

03.Lightweight Ballistic Aircraft Armour

Bespoke aircraft armour solutions have been developed by Permali for both new aircraft models and as appliqué armour to upgrade the protection level of in-service planes and helicopters. Examples of successful applications where Permali ballistic armour has been supplied include:

  • ­ CH-47 Chinook transport helicopters for the Royal Air Force (RAF) and Royal Netherlands Airforce (RNAF)
  • Royal Navy (RN) Sea King helicopter fleet
  • AW101 Merlin combat helicopter ballistic system for RAF and RNLAF
  • RN Commando Merlin Mk4 battlefield helicopter

Bespoke Design Service

Permali has R&D, design engineering and processing expertise and facilities to rapidly design, test and supply new armour products to meet ever changing defence sector needs. Bespoke solutions are developed to specific customer design and performance specifications to meet MOD, NATO and other regulatory standards required.

Case Studies:

Composite armour for British Army AJAX AFVs
BAE Systems Panther CLV Roof upgrade
Warthog appliqué armour solution
Ballistic armour for Supacat HMT Extenda vehicle
Cab armour for Oshkosh Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET)
CIEDD vehicle blast panels (MoD Wedgwood) for EOD units
CH-47 Chinook heavy transport helicopter armour system
AW101 Merlin combat helicopter ballistic system for RAF and RNLAF
RN Commando Merlin Mk4 battlefield helicopter small arms ballistic armour
RN Type 42 & 45 destroyer armour & deck safety systems

Contact us to find out why so many leading companies trust Permali to provide their advanced composites material solutions

Ask the experts. Call +44 (0)1452 528282 or email sales@permali.co.uk