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24 Sep 15. Moog Inc. (NYSE: MOG.A) (NYSE:MOG.B) Space and Defense Group and its defense-industry partner, DRS Technologies, introduced the new Reconfigurable Integrated-weapons Platform (RIwP) during a live fire demonstration at Redstone Arsenal. Engineered with many advanced features, the RIwP includes high-performance target acquisition technology and unmatched pointing/stabilization accuracy ensuring U.S. and Allied forces see first, engage first and achieve mission success. Additionally, it offers an unprecedented range of platform weapon system interoperability and allows the warfighter both reload under armor and in-field weapon reconfigurability. The RIwP installs easily onto most current and planned U.S. and allied land, sea and air platforms and provides tailored overmatch for any combat situation. “Our goal was to design an innovative, game changing platform which meets both current and future warfighter needs,” said Tony Peck, Business Unit Director, Moog Defense Control Systems. The demonstration event featured both M2 and Mk19 direct fire weapons and Javelin missiles, carrying out ground-to-ground live fire exercises. During the tests, the RIwP fired multiple rounds from an M2 .50 caliber machine gun, grenades from a Mk19 40mm launcher and Javelin missiles. All of the weapons successfully hit their targets. In addition to the firing event, the RIwP under armor reload and reconfiguration capabilities were demonstrated. All RIwP configurations allow missile variants to be fully armor protected, eliminating the chance for missile damage by debris or small arms fire. The RIwP accommodates a variety of weapons including direct fire, missiles and non-lethal deterrents as well as an advanced sensor package. With more than 100 weapon configurations that can be housed on a single platform, the RIwP offers common training and logistics benefits. The RIwP also features highly integrated operator work stations, a network capable architecture and advanced fire control which has demonstrated an ~80% improvement in engagement times for defilade targets.
“We kept the warfighter in mind at every stage of design and development. As a result, DRS and Moog are proud to offer a system that can easily adapt to the ever changing mission scenarios encountered by the modern warfighter. The combination of our enhanced situational awareness, imaging and target acquisition systems in the RIwP give the warfighter continuous fire and 360 degree viewing capability while under armor, thereby providing an advantage on the ever changing battlefield,” said Shawn Black, VP/GM Infrared Sensors & Systems, DRS Technologies. (Source: Yahoo!/Marketwired)
23 Sep 15. Teijin Aramid stops research for new aramid copolymers containing DAPBI. Teijin Aramid announced that it is stopping its research program to develop and commercialize aramid copolymers containing DAPBI. The developed prototype materials had good anti-ballistic performance but usage of this substance could be dangerous to people involved in the production of the monomer and copolymer.
In recent years Teijin Aramid has been engaged in an R&D program together with several international partners to develop and commercialize aramid copolymers containing DAPBI. The program was aimed at further improvement of the performance of aramid polymers, mainly for anti-ballistic applications. After a thorough investigation it was found that the DAPBI monomer is mutagenic, severely toxic to the kidneys at very low dosages, toxic to reproduction and possibly carcinogenic.
Teijin Aramid’s current polymer for Twaron contains two monomers (building blocks) called PPD and TDC. In copolymer yarn, part of the PPD is replaced by a different building block called DAPBI, to achieve a further reduction in weight of personal body armor at the same threat level. Te