Gloucester, UK – Permali is licensing a self-sealing fuel tank for military vehicles that relies on polyurethane for its recovery properties.
The tanks are designed to prevent catastrophic fires and explosions occurring if tanks leak after being penetrated by shrapnel or a bullet.
The Battle Jacket system has multiple layers of elastomers which, the company said, allow projectiles to pass through the polyurethane coating into the fuel tank. It then instantly reseals. The coatings' thicknesses can be tailored to match the threat levels.
It is compatible with two-component, chemical agent-resistant polyurethane paints. It can be used on the armoured combat and logistical support vehicles, landing craft and refuelling tankers. The product is also used to protect fuel cells, holding tanks, and rail cars in the civil sector.
The product was developed by High Impact Technology, which specialises in developing systems that can neutralise the effect of explosive and high-speed events to protect people in high-risk environments.