PLASAN AT SEA
Plasan is well known for our survivability solutions on ground vehicles. Many thousands of men and women owe their lives to the protection that Plasan gave them in their MTVR, MaxxPro MRAP, M-ATV, SandCat, and numerous other vehicles designed and armored by Plasan. But the same state-of-the-art lightweight protection and technologies that have been so effective on wheeled and tracked vehicles around the world have also been applied to boats and ships. The challenging environmental requirements of maritime applications and need for light weight solutions has led many integrators to Plasan. Our ability to address the very specific needs of the threat from both the terror of piracy and the firepower of a national adversary has manifested itself in a broad range of maritime-certified solutions offering protection from light arms to RPG
Whether protecting the bridge from infiltration, critical systems inside the mast from targeted fire, or the munitions room from RPG attack, Plasan has light weight solutions that protect the crew and the mission.
Protecting seaborne craft from attack involves a very different approach to that we take for ground vehicles. First of all, the scale is totally different. You simply can't cover an entire ship with the same hermetic coverage that is expected of a 4-man tactical vehicle. And so different areas of a ship are treated differently according to what they contain and to what threats they are likely to be vulnerable. The most efficient way to protect a light vehicle is to design the body to be built from armored materials, but with ships and boats we are still adding armor to structures that were designed from materials that generally don't contribute to the ballistic protection and this leads to different armor compositions. The manufacturing tolerances are also very different. Ships are much more like buildings than trucks, each one in a series is subtly different and so any armor kit must be designed with a lot of built-in geometric adaptability to allow it to be custom fit on the spot without needing rework or costly tailoring.
One final difference is the demanding environmental conditions that the planet's oceans require. Extreme temperatures, huge shocks, and of course the ravages of salt-water, combined with the strictest standards of toxicity and fire resistance result in the need for careful choice of materials and extensive testing of all our solutions.
All of these challenges require an armor provider with the highest standards of engineering, a broad range of capabilities, solutions, and expertise, and of course a proven track record in manufacturing and supplying large volumes of complex composite armor systems at reasonable cost and on time.
Plasan has all of this, and not just for ground vehicles.