composite materials

August 4, 2021

Globe Machine Manufacturing Co., Tacoma, Washington, has been awarded a $8,376,704 cost-plus-fixed-fee Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) III contract to continue the development and demonstration of Technology for Agile Rapid Manufacturing of Aerospace Composite Structures (TARMACS). Work will be performed in Tacoma, Washington; and Kettering, Ohio, and is expected to be completed 33 months after award. This award is the result of a SBIR program competitive acquisition, and multiple Phase I offers were received. Fiscal year 2020 3600 research and development funds in the amount of $8,296,800 are being obligated at the time of award.

December 1, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York, survey an obstacle during an evaluation of the modular scalable vest generation II. The U.S. Army’s Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is working on developing personal and vehicle protective gear using new materials for harsh combat conditions.  ARL photo

The U.S. Army is developing new materials that can withstand the harshest environmental condition on the battlefield—high-energy kinetic combat. A multipronged research effort at the Army Research Laboratory aims at creating exotic materials that would protect warfighters and their equipment from new kinds of weaponry that are appearing, and may appear, in future tactical combat.