The patent rights for a new bullet-proof material developed by the Technical Research Centre of Finland VTT have been sold to Exote Oy, a Finnish company that is planning to build a new production facility in southern Finland to make it.
Exote-Armour, as the new materials is called, is a titanium-carbide based metal matrix composite that can be used to manufacture armour plate in almost any shape and thickness.
Claimed to be harder than any modern armour piercing ammunition’s penetrating tungsten carbide core, the material spreads the energy of a hit over a larger area thus fully neutralizing impact.
Exote Oy claim that the Exote-Armour’s damage area is only 20-30% larger than the caliber of a ‘hit’ and, even when hit once, the rest of the plate remains protective.
Currently, both the material and the related manufacturing techniques needed to make it are being honed for large-scale production.