Century, Inc., a Veteran Owned – Small Business, announced today that one of their divisions, Century / 3 Plus, LLC., was recently awarded an opportunity to participate in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Armor Challenge for vehicles. DARPA is the research and development office for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).
The purpose of the DARPA Vehicle Armor Challenge program is to identify revolutionary and promising new armor concepts for military vehicles being developed by inventors and small organizations that do not have the resources to initiate full-scale armor development programs innovations that will reduce the cost and weight of vehicle armor. The Armor Challenge is an opportunity for developers to obtain a rapid and impartial assessment of their armor concepts.
“As a Veteran Owned – Small Business, it’s an honor to have the opportunity to demonstrate our technology and contribute to the mobility and the survivability of our Soldiers and their vehicles.
DARPA’s ability to respond quickly goes hand-in-hand with the responsiveness and innovation of small business,” said Jim McManus, New Business Development Manager, Century / 3 Plus, LLC.
Century 3 / Plus, LLC has a unique technology to mass produce ceramic materials, which are a critical component in the manufacturing of metal matrix composites (MMC’s). MMC’s have been identified in the DoD Man-Tech Strategic Plan as the next generation material for armor and backings. The technology has already been used in the development of light-weight MMC brake drums for military vehicles and is now addressing the Protection and Payload aspects of the Iron Triangle of defense vehicle development.