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Operational vehicles to be protected by ShockRide blast protection seats

ArmorWorks : 10 September, 2007  (Application Story)
Mine resistant vehicles from BAE to be equipped with blast attenuating seats from ArmorWorks
ArmorWorks has received an initial $5 million order from BAE Systems for blast attenuating seats to be installed in BAE's Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. The seats incorporate ArmorWorks' ShockRide energy attenuating seating system which the company introduced to the defense community in February 2007. This order provides for ArmorWorks' lifesaving seating system to be installed in more than 400 MRAP vehicles to be used by the US Army and US Marines Corps.

As an industry leader in developing energy-absorbing armor, ArmorWorks leveraged its know-how to develop energy-absorbing seats to protect soldiers from the destructive shock of a blast beneath a vehicle. The company's ShockRide energy absorbing seating system is US Government tested and approved for protecting against spinal injuries to troops exposed to mine blasts.

"The explosion of a mine or IED beneath a vehicle can create shock waves that are more destructive than the impact of the vehicle dropping 100 feet," explained Bill Perciballi, president and founder of ArmorWorks. "We saw a critical need to develop a product that could save our soldiers, not only from ballistic fragments, but also from the extreme shock from a mine blast. Energy attenuating seats are a natural and needed addition to our line-up of life protecting products."

ArmorWorks is also in the final design stages of developing a ShockRide bench seat to be installed in BAE's Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle, which is utilized by the US Army.
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