Saab Barracuda has entered into ballistic protection technology market with the acquisition of Soft Armour, a patented protection technology from Protaurius.
Acquisition rights to Soft Armour, and associated assets, follows a previous agreement signed between the two companies for marketing the product in certain markets.
Saab Barracuda managing director Anders Wiman said the Soft Armour rights purchase would complement the company’s broad product portfolio within advanced camouflage solutions.
"We are now expanding our investment in this type of product in both military and civil segments," Wiman added.
"With this transaction, Barracuda is taking the first step in strategically widening its product portfolio beyond the technical field of signature management."
Soft Armour is a unique spherical ceramic material designed to provide personnel and military assets, including aircraft, ammunition storage, command centres with Nato STANAG level III ballistic protection against 7.62mm armour piercing (AP) rounds and rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) in vulnerable environments.
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The technology enhances defence against vehicle attacks, ballistic fragments from bombs and shrapnel, in addition to preventing heat build-up for vehicles, ammunition and personnel in the battlefield.
The environmentally friendly and ricochet-free system is easy-to-carry, handle, deploy, repair, reuse and store in bulk in the theatre of operations due to its modular architecture.
Capable of withstanding multiple hits in the same area without any affect on protection levels, the system can be integrated into any structure prior to commencement of operations, or even retrofitted to the existing equipment in the theatre.
Other applications include border and check point control and protection, live-fire shooting ranges, as well as in construction of walls, shields and soft coverings.