Blast seats are used in military operations to protect troops, commanders and drivers from the effects of sudden impacts, mines, and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). These seats are meant to not only serve as a cushioning layer to provide comfort for the vehicle occupant on rough, uneven roads, but are also a critical survivability component during a blast event.
SKYDEX is a world-leader in advanced impact mitigation and energy absorption solutions. From armoured vehicles to bomb suits, helmets and body protection, SKYDEX is driven by the single purpose of ‘Protecting People and Things That Matter’.
We have extensive technical expertise and proprietary geometries, with advanced SKYDEX materials used to protect lives across a wide range of applications, such as vehicle protection, marine performance, sports protection, blast and ballistics, work wear/PPE, electronics, and more. With a passionate team of engineers and cutting-edge technologies, SKYDEX solutions outperform traditional materials.
Impact mitigation solutions for demanding military applications
For decades, SKYDEX has been trusted by armed forces to provide state-of-the-art protection in the harshest and most demanding conditions. Whether its enhancing comfort, shielding from impact, or lessening vibration-related fatigue, we work with our defence industry partners to enhance the protective capabilities of their products. Our patented, polymer-based geometries can be customised for each solution and meet your desired performance characteristics.
SKYDEX believes that optimal performance requires game-changing innovation. Our specialist team of engineers and product development professionals bring industry-leading knowledge and a collaborative approach to every project. Using our world-class on-site research and development facility, we validate solutions using an array of impact, pressure and vibration measurement tools.
Efficient solutions for the defence industry
With a process designed for speed, we design, prototype and test in a world-class testing capability. This, combined with our extensive investment in on-site manufacturing, have broadened our scope of products and speed to market.
With our rapid prototyping, production and global manufacturing network, SKYDEX can serve projects of any size and scope. Our supply chain flows through North America, giving our customers timely access to materials, while also reducing our carbon footprint. With a zero-waste model, we recycle excess material produced in the manufacturing process into our technology. SKYDEX’s energy efficient production standards ensure scalable manufacturing for global needs.
Advanced technology for optimal impact absorption
Minimising the effects of impact is the core of SKYDEX technology. We engineer solutions that offer superior impact absorption and remain durable in harsh environments, providing optimal protection that greatly reduces the likelihood of injury. Benefits range from multi-impact response and the ability to absorb more impact in less space, and SKYDEX offers enhanced performance that enables our partners to rethink the possibilities of their products.
Cutting-edge vibration attenuation solutions for the military
Through the evolution of our technology, vibration attenuation has become a focus of our team as we understand the critical role it plays in a number of maritime, vehicle and other military sectors. With a growing awareness of the effects of whole-body vibration and the requirements to protect from the exposure to vibration, the EU Directive 2002/44/EC and other legislation has led SKYDEX to develop innovative and advanced solutions in the area of vibration attenuation.
Tuned to perform, SKYDEX geometries have also been integrated to improve cushioning through enhanced pressure distribution to enhance comfort of our users. With enhanced durability, the life-cycle of SKYDEX products greatly exceeds competitive materials and through the use of tough and durable materials, SKYDEX offers performance that you can trust over the extended usable life of our solutions.
SKYDEX provides optimal protection and performance across a broad range of industries. Whether it’s reducing vibration loads experienced in rough sea states, absorbing the extreme impact and shock delivered during unexpected explosions, or providing complete head and body protection within protective gear, SKYDEX can take on any challenge. From Major League Baseball stadiums to movie sets, construction sites and the military battlefield, we continue to push the limits of our technology.
Through ongoing research and investment in our technology, we are expanding our reach and establishing new partnerships, all with the goal of creating products that are engineered to protect and maximise performance.
IEDs and blast events targeted at armored vehicles have become a persistent threat for military forces worldwide, it has been estimated that 87% of injuries from IEDs are in lower extremities, particularly in the feet and tibia regions.
As boats travel through water at high speeds, they crest waves then slam back to the surface, sending shock through the hull of the boat into the occupants. Exposure to such forces can lead to discomfort, performance degradation, and injury. In a survey of Special Operations craft operators, 62% reported an injury they incurred on the water.
Backface deformation (BFD) is how much a ballistic plate deforms into the user after it is hit by a projectile. The injury resulting from the deformation and the energy transmitted to the user upon impact is known as blunt trauma or backface signature.
Ceramic plates are a different style of ballistic protection than kevlar or other fibers in that instead of “catching” a bullet, ceramics actually break the bullet. Ceramic ballistic plates have been used for decades because of their ability to break a projectile shot at it and reduce the impact caused by the projectile.
Watercraft operation introduces a range of dangers to both craft operators and passengers. Exposure to wave impacts, repetitive shock and whole-body vibration (WBV) has been linked to fatigue, decreased operational e"ectiveness and injury on the water.
SKYDEX provides high-performance head protection for every environment, from the everyday to the extreme. No compromise should be made when it comes to protecting the most critical area of the body.
Oshkosh Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) is an 8 x 8 diesel off-road tactical truck used by the US Army. Nicknamed Dragon Wagon, the HEMTT first went into service with the US Army in 1985, replacing the M520 Goer trucks.
Stryker is based on the GDLS Canada LAV III 8×8 light armoured vehicle, in service since early 2001. The LAV III is itself a version of the Piranha III built by Mowag of Switzerland.
Bushmaster MR6 (Multi Role 6) is an improved variant of the Bushmaster infantry mobility vehicle, which has been designed and manufactured by Thales Australia.
The mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP), all-terrain vehicle (M-ATV) Assault is a new member of the combat-proven M-ATV family of vehicles produced by Oshkosh Defense to meet the challenging requirements of the armed forces in hostile environments.
PARS 4x4 wheeled armoured vehicle, the latest member of the PARS family designed and manufactured by FNSS Defence Systems, was unveiled at the International Defense Industry Fair (IDEF) held in Istanbul, Turkey, in May 2015.
The new PARS 6x6 chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) reconnaissance vehicle from Turkish firm FNSS Savunma Sistemleri is based on the PARS 6x6 wheeled armoured combat vehicle platform.
SKYDEX, a global leader in advanced impact mitigation and energy absorption solutions, today announced that the company is attending the ISPO Munich Online conference.
SKYDEX to Showcase Life-Saving Blast Mitigation Solutions and Present at International Armoured Vehicles 2021 Virtual Conference
SKYDEX, a global leader in advanced impact mitigation and energy absorption solutions, today announced that the company will serve as a sponsor at the International Armoured Vehicles (IAVs) 2021 virtual conference and will participate in the show for the sixth year in a row.
SKYDEX, a global leader in advanced impact mitigation and energy absorption solutions, today announced the recertification of its quality management system (QMS) to ISO 9001:2015.