Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Once more, from the 'Star Trek' book of reality . . .

Remember Scotty trying to trade the formula for transparent aluminum in one of the Star Trek movies?


Air Force testing new transparent armor from www.af.mil


WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFPN) -- Engineers here are testing a new kind of transparent armor -- stronger and lighter than traditional materials -- that could stop armor-piercing weapons from penetrating vehicle windows.

The Air Force Research Laboratory's materials and manufacturing directorate is testing aluminum oxynitride -- ALONtm -- as a replacement for the traditional multi-layered glass transparencies now used in existing ground and air armored vehicles. [...]

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