Ceradyne provides DEFENDER® vehicle armoring systems that encompass the latest protective
products for tactical wheel and logistical support vehicles. These armor solutions
use an array of advanced armor materials combining metals, lightweight ceramics
and composites to provide a system solution that meets warfighter needs and defeats
threats that are most prevalent on the battlefield. These advanced technology systems
are flexible, adaptable and responsive to local threat requirements allowing fast
and effective adjustments to armor protection levels and enhanced survivability.
Ceradyne Armor for Light Weight Tactical Vehicle Systems
In the light vehicle armor arena, Ceradyne has designed and fielded enhanced light
armor protection that allows a vehicle to operate with the CV-22 and other helicopter
lift assets. The lightweight armor also retains the vehicle’s inherent speed, mobility
Ceradyne works closely with OEMs to provide tailored composite solutions for light
tactical vehicles allowing vehicle designers to take maximum advantage of limited
weight carrying capacities while providing maximum survivability for vehicle operators.
Ceradyne Vehicle Armor Systems located in Wixom, Michigan, works directly with vehicle
OEM’s to provide advanced armor solutions in response to government requirements.
The facility is optimized to provide engineering services, prototyping and light
manufacturing in support of development programs.
Combat Vehicle Armor
The BULL advanced-technology armored solution is a fully integrated armored vehicle
design. It takes advantage of advanced armor technology and modular design to provide
protection beyond MRAP vehicle capabilities. The BULL design has been subjected
to, and has withstood, some of the most severe threats faced by US military forces
in conflict today, the Explosively Formed Penetrator (“EFP Resistant”).
Ceradyne has developed lightweight EFP defeat systems that are certified by the
USG and ready to deploy on vehicles with increased weight carrying capacity to provide
a guaranteed level of protection against the most lethal threat on the modern battlefield.
A Defender® RPG Screen option has also been added to the Ceradyne lightweight vehicle
armor system. The Screen offers protection against Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs)
and its derivatives by short-circuiting the ignition system.
RAMTECH2 ™ Modular Armor
RAMTECH2 is a highly engineered, fully integrated, modular armor and
blast protection system that utilizes a variety of advanced lightweight materials
for direct application on tactical wheeled vehicles. RAMTECH2 materials
meet or exceed the threat level protection requirements specified in the US Army’s
Long Term Armor Strategy [LTAS] and NATO STANAG 4569.
RAMTECH2 incorporates ceramic, metal and composite materials for a ballistic
solution that provides excellent multi-hit performance similar to metal but at a
fraction of the weight. This versatile, lightweight technology provides a wide range
of solutions for any combination of threat level requirements.
In conjunction with its RAMTECH2 armor, Ceradyne now offers advanced
underbelly blast mitigation systems designed in cooperation with CMI. These systems
are customized to meet specific vehicle / threat requirements and have demonstrated
the ability to increase vehicle survivability from underbelly attacks over conventional
“V” bottom designs.
Commercial Armored Vehicles
For personal vehicles and limousines that require added ballistic protection, Ceradyne
offers a range of DEFENDER® opaque armoring options including composite, steel-composite,
and ceramic-composite components. Custom material solutions meet protection level
standards including NIJ, UL, and NATO. Ceradyne tailors a solution package to meet
customer requirements for protection, space allocation, weight and cost.
Ceradyne now offers complete armored vehicle solutions to meet the needs of Homeland
Security and special law enforcement agencies. Ceradyne has also developed an after
market application for police cruisers that provides local and state police with
enhanced levels of protection for law enforcement personnel while sitting in their
cars or engaging threats while on the move.
Advanced Armor Technology
Ceradyne is a vertically integrated manufacturer of raw powders, sintered and hot
pressed ceramics and patented armor technology. Whether it is body armor plates
with compound curvature, tile products for mosaic armor construction, or large plates
for panel systems and aircraft armor, Ceradyne’s advanced ceramic materials are
the foundation of the worlds lightest armor systems for small and medium caliber