Saint-Gobain awarded major contract to supply sapphire armor

         Saint-Gobain awarded major contract to supply sapphire armor

PR Newswire

MILFORD, N.H., Oct. 11, 2012

MILFORD, N.H., Oct. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Saint-Gobain Crystals has been
awarded a three-year contract, valued at approximately $20 million, to supply
the U.S. Army and Marine Corps with sapphire engineered armor and tooling to
make bulletproof windshields and door windows for the M142 High Mobility
Artillery Rocket Launcher.

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This next-generation transparent armor replaces conventional glass-glass
armor. The superior mechanical and optical properties of Sapphire armor meet
the higher threat levels that combat vehicles now endure while providing
greater than 50 percent weight savings, better night vision effectiveness and
higher lifetime durability in challenging environments (including the desert).

Saint-Gobain's plant in Milford, New Hampshire, will supply the armor
products, which consist of large sheets of sapphire laminated with multiple
layers of glass and polycarbonate.

According to Natesh Krishnan, director of global sales and marketing,
"Saint-Gobain won the contract because our sapphire-glass armor solution met
the Army's demanding performance requirements for a high-value vehicle. This
innovation will also offer additional protection to soldiers in the field and
is the first large contract of its kind for high-end armor. Our sapphire armor
provides superior ballistic performance combined with weight reduction,
enhanced transmission capabilities for night vision and sand abrasion
resistance. As sapphire is second in hardness only to diamond and is
chemically inert, it is excellent for use in sandy desert conditions, and
resists etching from gases emitted after a rocket launch."

These next-generation innovative transparent armor-window products were
developed at the Milford plant using Saint Gobain's extensive materials'

Saint Gobain Crystals will display its innovative armor products at the
upcoming AUSA (Association of the United States Army) show in Washington D.C.
on Oct 22-24, 2012.

About Saint-Gobain
Located in 64 countries and headquartered in Paris with nearly 195,000
employees, Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction
markets, designs, manufactures and distributes building materials, providing
innovative solutions to meet growing demand for energy efficiency and for
environmental protection. For more information about Saint-Gobain, please

Saint-Gobain Crystals, a division of Saint-Gobain, is headquartered in Hiram,
Ohio, and is a world leader in the design and implementation of crystal-based
technology for radiation detection, optics, and sapphire components for
industrial, aerospace and defense applications.. With operations in North
America, Europe and Asia, Saint-Gobain's Crystals division engineers materials
and supplies components and sub-systems for the international medical
imaging,, energy exploration, electronics, aerospace and security markets.

About Saint-Gobain in North America
Saint-Gobain has 265 locations in North America with approximately 19,000
employees producing sales of almost $8 billion. These well known companies
include CertainTeed, SAGE Electrochromics, Saint-Gobain Abrasives,
Saint-Gobain ADFORS, Vetrotech Saint-Gobain North America, Saint-Gobain Glass,
Saint-Gobain Solar and Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics.

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For information about Saint-Gobain in North America, visit

Bill Seiberlich, Saint-Gobain

SOURCE Saint-Gobain

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