Military & Government Solutions

Hardwire services a number of clients and customers in the military and defense space.

Since 2004, Hardwire’s research and development activities have focused on emerging armor technologies for the military. Our team has worked on Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), Navy, Marine Corps, and Army contracts to develop and transition lightweight armor systems to protect the warfighter.

Hardwire’s armor solutions range from hybrid composite to fully composite solutions. The Hardwire team has developed, tested, and fielded armor to protect against a variety of threats, ranging from small arms to improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to Explosively Formed Penetrators (EFPs) to underbody blast.

Our ballistic experts can customize armor recipes for customers to properly balance armor performance, weight, and cost. In-house ballistic test facilities allow the Hardwire team to rapidly respond to customer needs. Our unique, high-capacity manufacturing capability enables us to provide armor solutions quickly and cost effectively. For more information about a specific requirement, please contact us. Our team stands at the ready to respond.

Proven Performance

Hardwire is the EFP armor kit supplier for the MaxxPro, MaxxPro DASH, and M-ATV Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicles. From 2008 – 2010, we produced over 5,000 armor kits with more than 350,000 individual parts. 100% of the kits were delivered on time and zero parts were rejected.

The Hardwire team focuses on high quality, cost effective armor solutions which can be mass produced. We deliver on time and meet expected performance.

Our materials have been proven in all types of environments. We design armor kits to meet various temperature, fire, and water resistance requirements. From marine to dessert to mountainous terrain, our armor is proven.

The Ultra Light Vehicle (ULV)

Under contract to the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC), Hardwire developed the Ultra Light Vehicle (ULV). The ULV project began with the goal to design, develop, and build lightweight tactical vehicle research prototypes, emphasizing occupant survivability as well as:

  • Payload - 4,500 pounds
  • Performance - at 14,000 pounds curb vehicle weight
  • Protection - compatible to the Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected Family of Vehicles
  • Price - $250,000 each in a 5,000 unit production run.
  • ULV Fact Sheet (pdf)
  • ULV specification CARD

The effort was completed successfully in only 16 months.

The Structural Blast Chimney (SBC)

Hardwire is known for developing “out-of-the-box” solutions. The Structural Blast Chimney (SBC) is a unique approach to solve the underbody blast problem. The SBC provides cab stiffening and vents blast gases during an underbody blast. This has been demonstrated in multiple full-scale government tests. When combined with underbody hull shaping, energy-absorbing floors, and energy-absorbing seats, the survivability of the warfighter improves.

Feel free to contact us for more information about the SBC.


Aircraft Applications

Marine Applications