AmSafe Bridport Ltd is displaying Tarian® for the first time in the Middle East at IDEX. This revolutionary, lightweight and flexible rocket propelled grenade (RPG) armour system has been fitted to a PARS 6×6, in collaboration with Turkey’s FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.S. (Defence Systems Inc.)
Tarian® technology has been developed in response to a requirement from the military for a lightweight, higher performance and more robust alternative to traditional, heavy, metal bar armour RPG protection systems. The core element of the Tarian® RPG defeat mechanism is an extremely strong textile net manufactured from high-tenacity fibres. Tarian® nets are attached to vehicles using innovative flexible mounts that enable the system to withstand harsh vehicle operating conditions without sustaining damage. Compared with traditional bar armour RPG protection, Tarian® provides improved protection performance and, being significantly lighter, enables vehicles to operate more efficiently.
Neal McKeever, Sales & Marketing Director at AmSafe Bridport Ltd, said:
“AmSafe Bridport is delighted to be showing Tarian® at IDEX for the first time. The development work that we have undertaken with FNSS to showcase Tarian® on the PARS 6×6 vehicle demonstrates the adaptability of Tarian® to fit a wide variety of vehicle types. The cooperative relationship that AmSafe has developed with FNSS has successfully created an integrated RGP protection system to FNSS’s platform.”
On 7 February 2013, AmSafe Bridport Ltd announced that it has secured a contract to supply Tarian® RPG armour systems to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). The contract award followed an international competition where Tarian® was one of three solutions down-selected for a programme of rigorous testing and trials, including live firing and vehicle field trials.
This latest contract includes the supply of several hundred Tarian® RPG armour system kits for a variety of vehicle types that are currently in service in Afghanistan. The contract is valued at £10.6m ($17m) and will be completed by the end of 2013.
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About AmSafe Bridport Ltd:
AmSafe Bridport Ltd is located in Bridport, Dorset, UK. At this facility AmSafe Bridport designs and manufactures cargo handling and airframe products for both commercial aviation and defence; provides MRO services for airframe products; and designs and manufactures RPG protection systems for use by the military.