Ceradyne and Ideal Innovations, Inc. Announce Introduction of High-Threat Vehicle, the "BULL"
COSTA MESA, Calif.-Ceradyne, Inc. (Nasdaq:CRDN),
through its vehicle armor division, Ceradyne Vehicle Armor Systems,
and in conjunction with its teaming partner, Ideal Innovations, Inc.
of Arlington, Virginia, announced today the introduction of a
high-threat vehicle designated the “BULL.”
According to Marc King, Vice President of Armor Operations for
Ceradyne, the vehicle is specifically designed for close urban terrain
and can withstand the most lethal IED (improvised explosive device)
threats that are currently facing our ground forces in Iraq and
Afghanistan. Intended to complement the overall mission capabilities
of the MRAP (mine resistant ambush protected) class of vehicles, the
BULL’s armor provides needed protection against explosively formed
penetrators (EFPs), the shaped charges that hit vehicles from the side
in close urban terrain, as well as survive conventional IED attacks
that have been used against coalition forces.
"The BULL is a commercial derivative of a vehicle that
successfully passed limited testing by the U.S. Government. Whereas
the details of its complete capabilities remain classified, it has
clearly demonstrated a level of performance and crew survivability not
previously seen in other armored vehicles,“ said King. ”We feel this
is a clear technological leap forward in crew survivability"
In addition to the increase in crew survivability from the most
lethal threats, noted King, the BULL can be configured as a logistics
vehicle for the transport of cargo, fuel and other supplies providing
logistics crews the same increased level of protection as that being
provided to ground forces. Future procurements of the BULL are under
discussion with several government agencies, in addition to the
Department of Defense, who have expressed interest.
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