The 5-year, $3.2m+ program involves three Canadian universities (University of Alberta, University of British Columbia and York University), a federal government science and technology organization (Defence Research and Development Canada), NP Aerospace, a Canadian owned armour manufacturer, and General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada.
The NSERC program introduces new modelling and simulation technologies to the development and testing of medium calibre APFSDS armour which will reduce the time required to develop and field future armoured vehicles. The program will provide empirical data to underpin future developments and will increase sustainability by replacing a proportion of live testing with simulated testing.
NP Aerospace is providing engineering expertise and resources for the program.
James Kempston, CEO, NP Aerospace, said: “As an armour manufacturer our number one priority is to introduce products that provide the highest level of protection responding to the latest threats in the fastest time possible. Our add-on armour is used globally across numerous platforms. Working closely with Universities and industry partners, we are able to drive research into materials used in extreme environments and introduce new Canadian made technologies.”
Dr. James Hogan, University of Alberta, who is leading the program from an academic perspective, said: “Armour modelling and simulation has numerous advantages. It allows us to correlate live ballistic impact with simulated testing and to make more informed design decisions using extensive trend-based data. We are excited to be at the forefront of this global program.”