ArmorWorks Receives $730K for Blast Protection System

    Chandler-Based ArmorWorks Receives Phase II SBIR Grant to Develop
Life-Saving Fastening System for the United States Army

    CHANDLER, ARIZ., June 12 /CNW/ - After an initial Phase I award in late
November 2006, Chandler-based ArmorWorks received a Phase II Small Business
Innovation Research (SBIR) grant today in the amount of $730,000. The U.S.
Army Tank and Automotive Command (TACOM) has awarded ArmorWorks a grant to
further develop a high-performance, lightweight fastening system to attach
blast protection kits to vehicles such as the HMMWV. This grant gives
ArmorWorks the opportunity to proceed with more experimentation and production
of this life saving device.

    Under severe blast conditions, traditional bolts detach and the fragments
can cause injury to the crew and damage to the vehicle. ArmorWorks innovative
fastening systems are designed to eliminate fragmentation and protect the
troops and the vehicle. "This second phase is the most critical and we are
excited to begin development on this life saving device," said ArmorWorks
Chief Scientist Dr. Ken-An Lou.

    As development for these fastening systems progresses, ArmorWorks plans
to additionally focus on weight savings, as well as energy absorption in both
tension and shear.

    About ArmorWorks

    ArmorWorks, founded in 1996, provides cutting-edge survivability
technology and products to military and enforcement agencies worldwide.
ArmorWorks develops and produces advanced armor and survivability products
using high-tech materials to provide state-of-the-art protection. ArmorWorks
newest product line, the Shockride(TM) family of energy absorbing seating
systems, are U.S. Government tested and approved to protect against spinal
injuries to troops exposed to mine blasts. For more information, visit

For further information:

For further information: ArmorWorks, Chandler Bob Codney, 480-598-5700

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