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When it comes to maritime activities, TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia is unlucky. Again and again, we hear of boating accidents in which all manner of firearms are tragically lost. While there’s not much we can do to save the guns, Morgan Advanced Materials’ Composites and Defence Systems are doing their level best to keep gun owners afloat and bullet-resistant. Specifically, their LASA Maritime Combat System, which includes a new Marine Ballistic Helmet and a lightweight buoyant ballistic insert, a ballistic buoyant shield, communications, a lightweight waterproof rucksack, pouches and holsters. [Press release after the jump.] One can only hope the system makes it to the civilian market – hope floats! – and that the new holsters prevent the kind of loss experienced by our unfortunate readers . . .

Berkshire, ENG -( Morgan Advanced Materials’ Composites and Defence Systems will be previewing their new LASA Maritime Combat System, a lightweight buoyant ballistic protection for maritime operations, at Sea-Air-Space 2015, April 13-15, 2015.

Developed to meet the needs of the Navy, Coast Guard, and Special Forces, the LASA Maritime Combat System has been designed to protect personnel from ballistic threats. The modular LASA Maritime Combat System includes a new Marine Ballistic Helmet and a lightweight buoyant ballistic insert, as well as a ballistic buoyant shield, communications, a lightweight waterproof rucksack, pouches and holsters.

Jointly developed between Morgan Advanced Materials and Gecko Head Gear, the Marine Ballistic Helmet brings together more than twenty years of composite helmet design knowledge and experience in military marine environments. The fully water resistant helmet offers high levels of ballistic protection along with weight reduction and comfort required for successful operations. An inflatable inner layer provides 100 percent custom fit and buoyancy, while the outer layer provides outstanding ballistic protection. The helmet can be integrated with ballistic eye protection and night vision googles, providing a complete operational solution.

The range of ultra lightweight multi impact ballistic inserts fit neatly into the suit’s tactical plate carrier/life jacket to provide high level protection. The LASA LWBIII+ lightweight buoyant plate weighs less than 1 kilogram and has been tested to NIJ Level III, providing outstanding multi-shot protection at the lowest weight. The plate’s buoyant property makes it ideal for marine military and law enforcement environments.

To counter a higher level of threat, the high performance LASA LW IV+ plate provides protection up to NIJ 0101.04 Level IV. This option incorporates Morgan’s patented crack mitigation system (CMS) technology, developed specifically for improved ballistic multi-hit protection.

Visit stand 1454 in the UK Technology Zone, at the Gaylord Convention Center, in National Harbor, Maryland to preview the new system.

About Composites and Defense Systems

The Composites and Defense Systems business of Morgan Advanced Materials makes innovative products using composite materials and specialist manufacturing techniques. We have extensive capabilities for product design, development, manufacture and test. Our longstanding experience allows us to meet diverse customer requirements from small glass thermoplastic moldings for medical applications to large-scale thermosets for the aerospace industry. The Composites and Defense Systems business is an established supplier of lightweight armor products for effective protection of people and vehicles. We make a range of combat-proven body armor including helmets and ballistic protection jackets and vests. Our composite vehicles armor systems offer exceptional ballistic and mechanical performance.

About Morgan Advanced Materials

Morgan Advanced Materials is a global materials engineering company which designs and manufactures a wide range of high specification products with extraordinary properties, across multiple sectors and geographies. From an extensive range of advanced materials we produce components, assemblies and systems that deliver significantly enhanced performance for our customers’ products and processes. Our engineered solutions are produced to very high tolerances and many are designed for use in extreme environments. The Company thrives on breakthrough innovation. Our materials scientists and applications engineers work in close collaboration with customers to create outstanding, highly differentiated products that perform more efficiently, more reliably and for longer. Composites and Defence Systems is a business of Morgan Advanced Materials, which has more than 10,000 employees across 50 countries serving specialist markets in the energy, transport, healthcare, electronics, security and defence, petrochemical and industrial sectors. Morgan Advanced Materials (MGAM) is listed on the London Stock Exchange in the engineering sector.

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  1. Funny how LBT has had at least a buoyant plate carrier out for a few years, and still have an updated version for sale to civis, yet this is brand new. With LBT’s Navy version I couldn’t sink if I tried, even with a full loadout and nothing else “buoyant”.

  2. The problem with lightweight armor is that it is usually exponentially more expensive than steel and does not have multiple hit capability. I set up two full plate carriers for the price of a single lightweight trauma plate.

  3. In the politically correct environment of American universities, the word “buoyant” is banned because it is sexist and microaggressively offensive to human huperson beings of the feminist persuasion.

    The politically correct version of the word is “floaty.”

  4. meh. civvies are most likely to need a gun when out and about, when you won’t be wearing all of that tacticool krap.

    If someone tries to invade your home, you,still won’t have time to put on all that tacticool krap, but you probably have time to grab a full size pistol and/or rifle/shotgun.

    That’s why I love tiny pocket pistols for CC and big guns for home defense.

  5. My firearms were lost in a really freak accident – car crashed into train, which crashed into a boat. It was Green Eggs and Ham all over again.

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