July 2019 — Armor for Mobile Missile Launcher
Safe was awarded a Phase II SBIR program from the United States Army to refine, ballistic test, and demonstrate Safe’s Phase I design for armor for a Mobile Missile Launcher. Rocket motor propellant can react violently when struck by bullets or fragments of exploding weapons. Therefore, the primary benefit of the armor will be to allow mobile missile launchers to have Insensitive Munitions behavior simply by applying armor panels at select locations, rather than the far-more-difficult endeavor to change propellant or redesign the rocket motor. Limiting the most-severe reaction type to only burning, as opposed to a more violent reaction such as detonation, should make the missile launcher much safer for soldiers to operate in hostile environments.