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October 26, 2005

Transparent armour

In related news, the United States air force is field testing fashion-forward boxer-briefs as a replacement to traditional tightie-whities made obsolete by technological developments.

Engineers here are testing a new kind of transparent armor -- stronger and lighter than traditional materials -- that could stop armor-piercing weapons from penetrating vehicle windows.

The Air Force Research Laboratory's materials and manufacturing directorate is testing aluminum oxynitride -- ALONtm -- as a replacement for the traditional multi-layered glass transparencies now used in existing ground and air armored vehicles.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 26, 2005 08:17 AM

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In one of the Star Trek movies, didn't Scotty trade the formula for transparent aluminium for the materials for a whale tank or some such nonsense?

Posted by: Lickmuffin [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 26, 2005 10:51 AM