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MKU unveiled 6th generation armour technology for helicopters

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World Aviation Defense & Security Industry News - MKU
 
 
MKU unveiled 6th generation armour technology for helicopters
 
MKU has introduced its 6th Generation armour technology - Polyshield V6. The new technology reduces the weight of the armour of a helicopter by up to 40% and is almost 30% thinner than standard solutions. The reduced weight improves the performance and mission capability of armoured helicopters. This technology has been developed after extensive R&D by MKU’s team of experts and engineers based in Germany and India.
     
MKU has introduced its 6th Generation armour technology - Polyshield V6. The new technology reduces the weight of the armour of a helicopter by up to 40% and is almost 30% thinner than standard solutions. The reduced weight improves the performance and mission capability of armoured helicopters. This technology has been developed after extensive R&D by MKU’s team of experts and engineers based in Germany and India.
MKU's Polyshield V6 allows CH-53 pilots to carry at least three extra soldiers or 250kg of ammunition and material
     

“Since weight is one of the most important parameters controlling the performance of a helicopter, and the only one that can be controlled, this development is extremely significant”

Helicopter armouring solutions manufactured using the 6th Generation Polyshield V6 technology and conforming to Stanag 4569 level I weigh only 12 kg/sqm. “Since weight is one of the most important parameters controlling the performance of a helicopter, and the only one that can be controlled, this development is extremely significant,” said Neeraj Gupta, Managing Director of MKU.

Polyshield V6 armouring solutions technology increases ‘useful payload’ of the helicopter without compromising on protection or mission range. It enables the pilot of a CH53 to carry at least three extra soldiers or 250 kg of ammunition and provisions or 320 lt of additional fuel which increases its endurance, flight radius and the rate of climb. This is especially useful in critical situations which require immediate take off from the theatre of action. It also improves overall performance as less power is required for take-off & landing.

The use of Polyshield V6 solutions increases the hovering ceiling of the helicopter which improves mission capability and reduces vulnerability.

The above findings are based on calculations made for Sikorsky CH53 helicopter having 40 sqm of armoured area conforming to standards as per Stanag Level 1.