Committed to developing superior armor to protect those who protect us.
The increased potency of EFPs and IEDs demanded our attention to develop advanced lightweight armor protection for our troops. Stress on military vehicles from heavy steel armor, resulting in premature powertrain and suspension failures on many vehicles, and head trauma injuries sustained from the resonation of hits on steel armored vehicles are two central factors motivating Hardwire LLC's intense and continuing armor development programs. Through a myriad of collaborative efforts by Hardwire LLC, governmental agencies and supply partner DSM, Hardwire HDX Armor has evolved into the most effective composite armor in the world. It is designed to meet the multi-threat environment of truck and tactical wheel systems as defined by the Army's Long Term Armor Strategy (LTAS) specifications.
Hardwire HDX Armor is Hardwire LLC's solution to premier high-performance base armor which meets a range of threat requirements while being optimized for weight, mass and cost. Hardwire HDX armor is a product of development work initiated by Hardwire for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which was later integrated into design developments led by the Army Research Laboratory/ATC at Aberdeen, Md. This collaborative effort has resulted in the development and production of the premier armor solution whose unique composition and topology has demonstrated outstanding protection against EFP'S, armor piercing rounds, fragments and IED fragmentation at a reduced weight.
Hardwire has expanded from armor development to advanced armor manufacturing and has completed a new, expanded facility in Pocomoke City, Md. This new armor factory includes a 7,500-ton high-pressure vacuum press. The new press is capable of producing pressed armor plates up to 64 inches wide and 10 feet long with capacity in excess of one and a half million square feet per year of advanced armor plate. This press is the only one in the country with these mass production capabilities.
Hardwire armor has been chosen to provide armor components for NAVISTAR'S MaxxProTM Plus Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles and is undergoing continual extensive vehicle survivability testing for other emerging applications including JLTV.