Military to benefit from LTU federal grant

The federal government has granted Lawrence Tech $1.6 million to develop more advanced armor for military vehicles.


Lawrence Technological University has been awarded a $1.6 million federal grant to develop stronger and lighter armor made of composite materials for military vehicles. The funding is included in the 2010 defense appropriations legislation signed into law Monday by President Barack Obama.

The work will be performed at Lawrence Tech’s Center for Innovative Materials Research in conjunction with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center in Warren and the Army Research Laboratory headquartered in Adelphi, Md. The goal is to develop vehicle armor that is superior in design, weight and durability to the vehicle armor currently used by the military.

The funding was included in the 2010 military appropriations bill at the request of Congressman Sander Levin.

“This award recognizes Lawrence Tech’s expertise in lightweight composite materials,” Levin said. “The funding will help develop lighter, stronger vehicle armor that is needed to protect our troops in the field. It’s an important investment in cutting-edge technology here in Michigan.”

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