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Encapsulated Armor

Integrating technologies to improved armor system performance

The next generation of Warfighter protected vehicles focus on minimizing gross vehicle weight without compromising the mobility and occupant safety. REL’s role in armor development is to integrate technologies to make an armor system with improved performance. These improvements are threat dependent, and include a thinner panel, better multi-hit performance, and reduced weight. REL integrates materials such as ceramic panels & fibers, RHA steel, high toughness aluminum all sandwiched within an aluminum or magnesium casting.

20mm, REL's Encapsulated Armor

REL reduced the weight of the man door, allowing a fatigued soldier to escape easier. Using encapsulated tiles, the door meets the ballistic and weight requirements. Benefits of encapsulated panels include:

  • Lightweight
  • Strong
  • Multi-hit Capable
  • Cost Effective Manufacturing and Integration

Vertically Integrated Manufacturing Process

REL’s vertically integrated manufacturing process enables the complete development of a cast encapsulated panel. REL has the capability of casting a 3 foot x 3 foot panel today. REL works with system integrators to incorporate spall and backing materials to the armor panels, as required by the application.

Watch the video to the right to see REL’s cast encapsulated panels in action.