At sea it’s more difficult to hide from an enemy than on land ground, and therefore ships in conflict or post conflict areas, has to be secured with ballistic protection in order to withstand an attack and save the lives of the operators.
By the armouring of vessels and fast patrol boats light materials are increasingly being preferred. Modern ships and small patrol boats have to be fast and have to carry large amounts of equipment. Especially during the upgrade of existing vessels new equipment is often installed onto the ship that it was not designed to carry in the first place. This can bring the total weight of the ship beyond what it was originally designed for. But with Scanfibers light weight protection solutions it is possible to upgrade ships to high level of protection by installing only a minimum of extra weight and thereby maintain the load-carrying capacity, operational radius etc.
Scanfiber has been involved in numerous naval armoring projects during the last years, some of which are classified. The areas of protection have for instance included the following:
- Armoring of the bridge and other sensitive areas on board
- Armoring of gun mounts and shootings stands
- Protection of cooling systems and sensitive drive system components
- Protection of inboard and outboard fuel tanks
- Armoring of different areas on fast patrol boats and fast offshore patrol crafts
The solutions provided for boats and vessels are based on all available lightweight materials including steel, in order to meet many different types of requirements. The threat levels are often according to end user specifications rather than according to a specific standards.