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Australian - US Business Alliance Produces New Life-Saving Product

Monday, 12 April 2010

A spray-on protective lining used successfully by the United States military in Iraq to limit loss of life and damage caused by attacks on combat vehicles and fuel tankers is now available in Australia.

Rhino Linings Australasia has teamed with US-based company High Impact Technology (HIT) in bringing the BattleJacket Fuel Cell Containment System to the Australian armed forces and other industries to which it is applicable.

Rhino Linings Australasia managing director Mr Mark Teakle said BattleJacket acted as a self-sealing skin to reduce the damaged caused by insurgent attacks"The engineered, elastomeric material used in BattleJacket expands and then permanently reseals after a fuel tank is penetrated by a bullet or other ballistic projectile," said Mr Teakle. "The vehicle remains fully functional with no leaks, limiting the potential for an explosion and troop casualties."

BattleJacket was developed by combining world-leading elastomeric linings formulated by Rhino Linings Corporation (USA) with HIT self-sealing patented technology. "The Rhino Linings-HIT alliance is delivering the foremost in lining and protective technology to help save the lives of Australians serving in fields of war while also creating significant benefits for a wide range of industries."  continued Mr Teakle.

Other commercial and industrial uses for BattleJacket include protection of railcars, pipelines, boat fuel tanks and above ground fuel storage facilities. 

BattleJacket has proven capabilities to limit the impact of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), mines, shrapnel and small arms fire. It also provides protection against corrosion and abrasion and can be applied on metal and plastic surfaces, increasing the working life of combat and transport vehicles infrastructure and equipment.

Mr Teakle said "The product also dampened vibrations and acoustics in structures and contributed to increased structural strength. The properties bond tightly to the substrate to which it is applied, permanently eliminating corrosion and it has tenacious adhesion for long-term service." 

BattleJacket tactical uses are already in high demand by the US Military for superior protection of trucks and other vehicles.  Soldiers using easily applied patch kits may repair large puncture areas in the fuel storages of vehicles in the field.

For large applications, a Pop-Up Production Plant (PUPP) can be used. It is a self-contained 1200 sq ft mobile production and spray booth facility. Designed to be rapidly self-transported, erected and dismantled, the PUPP only needs access to military grade fuel. It provides a platform for remote BattleJacket application and maintenance/armouring operations.

"Whether transporting fuel for waiting troops in a combat zone or simply storing fuel in a more secure area, the BattleJacket Fuel Cell Containment System (FCCS) provides critical protection," said Mr Teakle. "It is available in base military colours and has a CARC-accepting surface for the spray painting of camouflage patterns." 

Vice president of operations for HIT Mr Russ Monk said the company was proud to be associated with Rhino Linings Australasia. "Working with Rhino Linings, we designed a product that enables our troops to continue on their mission and essentially remove one of the dangers from the battlefield," said Mr Monk. "Rhino Linings Australasia already supplies the Australian Defence Forces with specialised protective coatings and BattleJacket is the result of natural synergy between our two companies and the Australian Department of Defence.  It is particularly significant in light of the department's commitment to the Land 121 Overlander project, and the continuing overseas troop commitments of the United States and Australia."

The Overlander Program involves the delivery of a new generation of field vehicles, trailers and modules that will be well suited to the current and future demands of modern warfare.

The Land 121 Overlander Program includes reducing whole-of-life costs, rationalising vehicle types and numbers, incorporating emerging and legislative design features and capitalising on new ideas from industry.  

For more information please contact Denis Baker (Business Development Engineer) or Michelle Gunn (Marketing and Promotions) at Rhino Linings on (07) 5585 7000.