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Army contracts for new armor development

TRUMBULL, Conn., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has contracted a Connecticut company to develop advanced armor protection for U.S. military personnel and vehicles.

M Cubed Technologies Inc. said the contract it was awarded is part of the Army's Small Business Innovation Research program but didn't disclose the agreement's monetary value or other details.

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"We are excited to have the opportunity to apply M Cubed's innovative technology to this critical mission," said Randall D. Price, Sr., chief executive officer and president of M Cubed. "We are confident we can deliver an armor solution that will be more resistant to direct fire, provide greater protection against multiple hits and be readily adaptable to changing mission needs -- all at a competitive cost."

The Army is seeking a ceramic/metal composite armor solution that could provide enhanced blast and penetration resistance against both direct hits and fragments; could withstand both thermal shock and chemical attacks without being damaged or degraded; could tolerate harsh environments; and that could be produced at low cost and high volume.

M Cubed said its unique technology allows the company to design and manufacture armor-grade ceramics and ceramic/metal composites in very complex shapes to suit a wide variety of military applications, including body armor, helmet appliques and armor for aircraft and vehicles.

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