As recently disclosed by Jane's 360, a defense news outlet, TenCate Advanced Armor USA has designed the protective drop-in armored cab for Mack Defense' new M917A3 Heavy Dump Truck. The new platform has won the competition to become the US Army's new Heavy Dump Truck (HDT) and will enter into service with the US Army alongside other Mack trucks.
TenCate Advanced Armor has supported Mack Defense with design and engineering support to allow the civilian platform to re-emerge as military platform with adequate protection for deployed personnel operating in hazardous environments. This is the most recent example of TenCate Advanced Armor USA leveraging its engineering capabilities and offering it up to platform manufacturers as part of the service TenCate Advanced Armor can provide to optimize survivability on DoD platforms.
The capabilities of TenCate Advanced Armor in survivability design is a spin-off of TenCate Advanced Armor's extensive experience in work with passive armor solutions, blast protection, and active blast mitigation. These three threats together push the armor solutions to the limit and has provided TenCate Advanced Armor with an in-depth understanding of the materials and solutions. Using that same in-depth knowledge also allows TenCate Advanced Armor to provide outstanding and innovative designs for up-armoring, saving weight and minimizing ballistic gaps. This together provides the user with the highest level of protection by gaining ballistic protection without decreasing the mobility and operability of the platform.
TenCate Advanced Armor has provided survivability for other DoD platforms with the by far most recognizable of them being the GMV 1.1 up-armor program.
For the GMV 1.1 up-armor program, TenCate Advanced Armor utilized its exceptional program management skills in combination with world class internal engineering resources to integrate a highly mass-efficient, state-of-the-art, TenCate Advanced Armor derived proprietary hybrid-composite-metallic armor solution onto the lightweight Flyer platform. The system, which includes numerous dynamic, conditional and environmental elements as well as transparent armor and molded armor design features is both lightweight and high-performance in order to best meet exacting payload, mobility and performance demands of the SOCOM customer.
Troy Balderson, member of the U.S. House of representatives from Ohio's 12th district, visited TenCate Advanced Armor USA's manufacturing and project management facility as part of his campaign to claim the seat in in the US Congress.
The visit to TenCate Advanced Armor USA provided Troy Balderson with ample time to see the Ohio-based manufacturing site and learn more about the survivability solutions that are developed, designed, and manufactured in the state he now represents at a national level.
During his campaign, Troy Balderson has been eager to support the role of businesses and industry to support the community. For this, Troy Balderson was also endorsed by several business and industry associations in Ohio.
There was also substantial attention to the solutions that TenCate Advanced Armor USA provides. Troy Balderson supports giving the military the tools and resources they need to do their job and keep them safe.
Prior to serving in Congress, Troy Balderson was a State Senator for Ohio’s 20th District, where he served as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and was a member of the Senate Finance Committee.
Prior to his time in the state legislature, Troy Balderson and his family owned and operated a farm in Adamsville, Ohio for several generations. He also worked at an automotive dealership that was in the family for three generations.
At this year's AUSA, from 8-10 October in Washington, D.C, TenCate Advanced Armor USA for the first time undertook the convention with its own booth. The decision to have its own booth at AUSA is part of the effort to consolidate TenCate Advanced Armor USA as a principal entity in the survivability solutions industry.
The booth attracted many visitors throughout the three days the AUSA lasted. The visitors came in addition to the meetings at the booth scheduled prior to the show. The two in combination meant that the TenCate Advanced Armor booth was full for most of the show.
Much as anticipated, the AUSA audience was interested in all the items on display on TenCate Advanced Armor's booth. Numerous visitors stopped by to inquire to TenCate Advanced Armor's TenCate CratusTM static display with several plates on display as well as TenCate Advanced Armor's recently developed NBBP compliant body armor plate.
Further to this, many officials also showed interest for TenCate Advanced Armor's new NATO STANAG 4569 level 5 add on armor solution as well as the Amsafe Bridport Tarian RPG net on display. These attracted significant attention since the RPG net is currently being tested by the Department of Defense.
TenCate Advanced Armor's attendance at AUSA 2018 resulted in numerous meetings throughout the convention and a wealth of new opportunities that TenCate Advanced Armor will pursue.
TenCate CratusTM hard body armor portfolio is an extensive family of hard body armor plates for numerous applications. Spanning from lightweight concealable plates against handguns to full NIJ level IV military style plates. This wide portfolio of plates has been developed to match current and future military, law enforcement, and federal agency requirements.
As demonstrated at the recent AUSA, the TenCate CratusTM portfolio now includes a plate which meets the Blunt Gap Resistance Protocol specified in the Neutrally Buoyant Ballistic Plate (NBBP) NQ/PD 17-01, and the Maritime Buoyant Plate (MBP) NQ/PD 16-04 purchase descriptions.
TenCate Advanced Armor USA is a leader in the market by its products which meet the strict NBBP and MBP requirements, in addition to meeting or exceeding current and future requirements in terms of protection level, weight, thickness, multi-hit capability, and buoyancy. The advances in plate performance is the result of TenCate Advanced Armor's extensive experience in material application, anti-ballistics, and qualification of new raw materials. The result is that end users receive lighter, more comfortable, hard body armor plates enabling the users to operate more freely, with less limitations on movement from the plates. This means increased survivability for the user without any degradations to the antiballistic functionality of the protective equipment.
The capability to meet the NBBP and MBP requirements for body armor has required extensive innovative engineering, which TenCate Advanced Armor USA will employ to further optimize Personal Protective Products (P3) solutions, benefitting law enforcement officers and officials nation-wide.
TenCate Advanced Armour is a global supplier of survivability solutions for small craft and RHIBs from the rivers of South America over cold North Atlantic waters to Southeast Asian coastal waters. Lightweight protection solutions from TenCate Advanced Armour have been protecting law enforcement and military units against traffickers, pirates, and military threats for more than a decade.
Small craft protection solutions from TenCate Advanced Armour employ lightweight fiber materials to facilitate the mobility and maneuverability of the vessels. Survivability solutions from TenCate Advanced Armour are developed with vessel center-of-gravity in mind as to decrease any impact on vessel performance. Material weight is the key in this equation and thanks to TenCate Advanced Armour's wide experience in composite material application in areas such as aerospace and personal protection, TenCate Advanced Armour can provide composite panels that complies with or exceeds NATO standards.
TenCate Advanced Armour also employs innovative techniques to decrease the amount of material needed to provide most ballistic coverage by using complex shaped components. These components can replace several components that fit together in a corner and thus decrease ballistic gap as well as weight for the complete structure.
Protection solutions from TenCate Advanced Armor consist of rubberized aramid, high-performance polyethylene, ceramics and special metals. These materials play a vital part in the high multi-hit capability of this system, resulting in an exceptional degree of protection. TenCate Advanced Armor can also provide a special coating that negates the degradation of the anti-ballistic panels and components after exposure to saltwater, fluids, acids, and other corrosive substances. The coating also protects the panels and components against shocks and vibration.
In protecting aircraft, every kilogram of weight matters, due to the potential degradation to performance and reduction in payload. Aircraft survivability equipment from TenCate Advanced Armour is therefore designed to provide maximum protection with only a minimum of weight added.
TenCate Advanced Armour has a broad experience in aerospace composite solutions. These protection solutions have been designed for OEM and retrofit applications and have been approved according to civilian and military aerospace regulations regarding environmental properties, stress, reliability and safety requirements. TenCate Advanced Armour designs ballistic protection panels ‘built to print’ and ‘built to spec’ with high dimensional accuracy and quick-fix interfaces to ensure easy and fast installation and de-installation with low maintenance which offers a reduced whole life cost solution.
The ballistic protection will be designed and produced in a dedicated aerospace AS/EN9100 certified and NATO security cleared production site. TenCate Advanced Armour provides whole life support for the ballistic protection solutions using a professional Integrated Logistic Support organization worldwide.
TenCate Advanced Armour has acquired a wide experience in retro-fit solutions for aircraft stretching over fixed-wing heavy transport aircraft to rotary-wing reconnaissance aircraft. Retro-fit solutions can be used to modernize whole fleets or specialize individual aircraft to mission-specific operations. TenCate Advanced Armour can offer cost-efficient solutions to solve both problems.
TenCate Advanced Armour staffs utilize the experience of the company to ensure customers with an individualized system that performs proficiently according to customer demands. The global presence and network of TenCate Advanced Armour means that design and integration support can be provided in any place.
TenCate Advanced Armour can deliver a number of solutions as Kit-Off-The-Shelf (KOTS) solutions for popular aircraft platforms, ensuring customers a significantly decreased delivery time. Retro-fit solutions are designed to be mounted without significant change to the original aircraft and without impairing the original protection level. TenCate Advanced Armour makes use of several techniques to mount the armour solution inside the aircraft securely while retaining high level of modularity.
TenCate Advanced Armour solutions are designed with aircraft operability in mind which ensures a very little impact on airworthiness and overall system performance. Protection solutions can be designed for cockpit, cabin, ramps, etc. with special attention to mission-critical functionalities.
TenCate Advanced Armour can design, integrate, and manufacture a wide array of survivability solutions for helicopters. Using the principle of modularity and interchangeability, TenCate Advanced Armour designs the survivability solutions to be easy to install and dismantle for ease of use during maintenance. The solutions mount in to native features of the platform replacing original equipment with new components providing an additional level of ballistic protection. Using this non-invasive installation means that ballistic protection of the platform can be achieved without further recertification of the platform.
TenCate Advanced Armour can function as a full survivability partner in upgrade programmes and provides the below services in relation to aircraft survivability equipment
As special forces and law enforcement are exposed to increasing threats from the proliferation of assault weapons, their protective gear must be optimised to allow them to operate safely. TenCate Advanced Armour is aware of the threats against special forces and law enforcement and have developed a line of shields to withstand those threats and protect the officers.
In order to increase the protection for exposed officers, TenCate Advanced Armour works with special forces and law enforcement to take their experiences and facilitate it making ballistic shields that complies with official requirements and the requirements of day to day use.
The result is the TenCate Targa-lightTM. The line composes four different shapes of high-performance shields. Standard size rectangular shields, lightweight ergonomic shields, double shields on trolleys and the side protecting Ramses shield.
Each type of shield has been developed for a specific purpose based on dialogue with end-users, and TenCate Advanced Armour is continuing that dialogue with more and more end-users to ensure that TenCate Targa-LightTM shields offer the protection special forces and law enforcement need and expect. TenCate Targa-light is the protection you can trust.
TenCate Targa-LightTM shields offer protection in accordance with the NIJ standard to protection level III and IV. TenCate Advanced Armour also has a portfolio of ballistic shields certified in accordance with the VPAM standard.
All shields go through rigorous internal and external testing to ensure they exceed or comply with requirements. The testing is necessary to ensure that all special forces operating with a TenCate Targa-LightTM shield have the protection they require.
A testament to TenCate Targa-LightTM shields' high standards is their ability to absorb numerous attacks without losing their anti-ballistic capability.
A key parameter to optimize the operability of the TenCate Targa-LightTM shields is the weight. TenCate Advanced Armour works directly with material suppliers to enable lightweight materials to be applied in anti-ballistic capabilities. Through TenCate Advanced Armour's R&D department, various fibre materials are qualified for anti-ballistic applications and combined with ceramics to even withstand armor piercing ammunition.
TenCate Advanced Armour also works with sub-suppliers to integrate and make available a wide range of complementary equipment including LED lights, D/N/IR cameras and screens, and periscopes.
TenCate Advanced Armour provides the TenCate Targa-light™ Ergo shields. The shields have been developed in close collaboration with French special forces and provides the operator with an extremely lightweight shield while still providing protection against .30-06 APM2, 7.62 x 54 R API B32, and other prevalent and recurring threats.
Combining lightweight materials with a proprietary shape, the shield is developed to protect the full upper body of the operator during operations without exceeding his profile. This special cut means that the TenCate Targa-light™ Ergo shields can provide protection against NIJ lv. IV threats at an unprecedented 17kg. The weight distribution in the shield also means that it is easier to carry for longer durations of time.
The TenCate Targa-light™ Ergo shields come with native mounts for camera and lighting systems that provides the operator with full visibility in all light conditions and the possibility of activating stroboscopic and lights in tactical applications.
TenCate Advanced Armour provides an extensive line of antiballistic shields with trolley solutions. The solutions range from NIJ level III up to and including full NIJ level IV.
The K-OPS is a series of highly maneuverable shields on trolley for standoff and intervention. The shields use a three-wheel system allowing turning in very limited place and can be provided in different weight to performance-ratios. All shields from the K-OPS series are in full compliance with international ballistic standards and against specified threats.
The Ramses II shield is an extensive development of the trolley-based shield that offers full side protection for extensive stand off operations. The shields offer protection in compliance with NIJ 0108.01, Level III & IV
TenCate Advanced Armour provides an extensive portfolio of standardized rectangular shields in compliance with international ballistic standards and tested to specific threats. The shields can be provided in flat or single curve shapes.
With a wealth of extra equipment, TenCate Advanced Armour can customise the shield to any user's need. TenCate Advanced Armour can offer additional ballistic panels to increase protection of the shield and optimize carrying by providing specialized handles and harnesses.
To ensure the operator's visibility, TenCate Advanced Armour can supply a remote controlled video and lighting system with day/night/IR camera and a screen mounted on the backside of the shield. The lighting system can provide full light, stroboscopic flashes, as well as an integrated laser.
TenCate Advanced Armour can also integrate ballistic windows or periscopes to provide visibility for the person operating the shield.