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Materials & Armor Advancement

INL applies our capabilities in vulnerability analysis and full-scale explosives testing facilities combined with award-winning technology and fabrication departments to create a distinctive location for developing and testing new protective systems for military forces, law-enforcement agencies, homeland security personnel and industry partners.


Materials and Armor Research

INL engineers and materials scientists are designing, validating, and manufacturing unique armor prototypes that increase protection while simultaneously reducing weight and production costs. Over the last 25 years, many of the lab’s armor designs have been used around the world to safeguard people, vehicles, and facilities.

National Security Test Range Training & Exercises

INL has a National Security Test Range, where full–scale defense systems can be analyzed and tested under real–world conditions. The flexibility of the test range accommodates custom test setups for diverse development and testing campaigns.

INL’s test range capabilities are regularly utilized by DOE to gather data for vulnerability assessments and security plans. Security experts and materials researchers utilize high-performance computing tools to simulate and predict explosive events using computational terminal ballistic models.

Specific Manufacturing Capability

Since 1984, INL’s Specific Manufacturing Capability (SMC) has been the lead manufacturer of armor packages for the U.S. Army’s Abrams main battle tank. SMC has the ability to provide independent technical evaluations and solutions to manufacturing, engineering, and material science for a variety of programs and customers.

SMC is designated as the Abrams Armor Center of Excellence.