Evaluation of Composite Armor for Coast Guard Vessels
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The vulnerability of personnel and vital equipment inside island Class cutters to penetrating small caliber gun fire from maritime drug smugglers was assessed. Four threats from a list of weapons commonly used by drug smugglers were selected for use in this study. It was found that existing materials of construction were readily penetrated by three of the four threats. Composite armor made up of plies of KEVLAR woven fabric and vinyl ester resin was found to be a weight effective protection against the threats. The effect of the armor on a cutters cost and weight was estimated. Ships, Guns, Wounds and injuries.