ExoProtect™

Innovative ballistic resistant composite material designed for protection solutions and armoured products.

Conventional protection systems frequently sacrifice strength to weight – necessitating a dangerous compromise. Other solutions simply cannot provide the requisite protection in the most demanding environments. Further operator compromises are required when partial and retrofitted solutions are mechanically applied to a vehicle or vessel. ExoProtect™ delivers a smarter solution. This low-thermal conductive, corrosion resistant, superior strength composite material can be formed to flat, curved, custom and precision shaped designs and geometries of tactical marine craft, in-service military combat vehicles and aircraft. It delivers essential ballistic resistance against high-velocity projectiles, explosive fragments, and can provide underfloor protection to protect against high-impact debris damage during operational service. ExoProtect™ is comparably lightweight as similarly sized ceramic protection and unlike other polyaramid fibres (e.g. Kevlar) its performance is not compromised by water. It is strong enough to meet NIJ Level III and IIIA ballistic resistance standards.

Certification

In March 2021, ExoTechnologies commissioned an independent market-leading specialist ballistic resistance testing and certification laboratory to evaluate ExoProtect™.

Specifications

ExoProtect™ has been tested against the following internationally recognised standards:

  • NIJ Level I Ballistic Resistance
  • NIJ Level IIA Ballistic Resistance
  • NIJ Level II Ballistic Resistance
  • NIJ Level IIIA Ballistic Resistance
  • NIJ Level III Ballistic Resistance

Threats and Instrumentation:

Threats:

  • .22-cal, 40-gr, Long Rifle High Velocity (LRHV) Lead projectiles
  • 38 Special, 158gr, Lead Round Nose (RN) projectiles
  • .357-mag, 158-gr, Jacketed Soft Point (JSP) projectiles
  • 9mm, 124-gr, Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) projectiles
  • .44-mag, 240-gr, Lead Semi-Wadcutter Gas Checked (LSWCGC) projectiles
  • 7.62 x 51mm, 150-gr, FMJ projectiles
  • .30-06-cal, 166-gr, Armor Piercing (AP) projectiles

Instrumentation:

Projectile velocity measurements were obtained using Oehler Research model No. 57 infrared screens with Y.I.S. Cowden Group Chrono-USB chronographs. Calibration data is provided in the final report.

Details of Test:

The objective of this test was to conduct a ballistic resistance test on each armour sample IAW NIJ-STD-0108.01 (Modified) and the customer’s request. Shot spacing between multiple impacts on a single sample was IAW the referenced performance standard. Shots against the armour samples were performed at 0.0° obliquity and at ambient range temperature as indicated on each sample’s data sheet.

For each shot, the sample was rigidly clamped to a steel target fixture. All firings for testing for NIJ-STD-0108.01 Levels I – IIIA were taken with the sample positioned 16.4-ft from the muzzle of the test barrel. All firings for testing for NIJ-STD-0108.01 Levels III and IV were taken with the sample positioned 50-ft from the muzzle of the test barrel. All projectile velocities were IAW the referenced performance standard.

Summary of Results

NIJ Level
Threat
Range to Target
Projectile Velocity (Avg)
Penetration
Level I
.38 Special, 158g Lead RN
16.4 ft
868 ft / sec
None
Level I
.22 Cal LRHV 40g
16.4 ft
1,036 ft / sec
None
Level IIA
9mm, 124-grain FMJ
16.4 ft
1,414 ft / sec
None
Level IIA
.357-mag., 158-grain JSP
16.4 ft
1,257 ft / sec
None
Level II
9mm, 124-grain FMJ
16.4 ft
1,373 ft / sec
None
Level II
.357-mag., 158-grain JSP
16.4 ft
1,395 ft / sec
None
Level IIIA
9mm, 124-grain FMJ
16.4 ft
1,413 ft / sec
None
Level IIIA
.44-mag., 240-grain SWCGC
16.4 ft
1,420 ft / sec
None
Level III
7.62 X 51-mm, 149-grain M80 F
50.0 ft
2,771 ft / sec
None

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