DARPA developing single-piece aluminium hull for IED-proof armored vehicles

DARPA is working with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and Alco to develop single-piece aluminium hulls for lighter weight and more protective IED-proof military vehicles.

DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is working together with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and Alcoa to develop a new generation of IED-proof armored vehicles. 

The goal of the project is to create a single-piece aluminium hull--no welds or weak points, just a single fabricated piece of formed aluminium--that will offer soldiers improved protection from improvised explosive devices (IED). Along with the protective improvements, making the armor out of aluminium would enable it to be lighter and thinner than traditional steel hulls used on military vehicles. 

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