HRH the Duke of Kent presents Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation to AmSafe Bridport
Earlier this week HRH the Duke of Kent visited AmSafe Bridport Limited to present the Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation for the company's work in the design and development of its innovative vehicle armour, Tarian.
Mrs Anthony Pitt-Rivers (HM Lord Lieutenant of Dorset), HRH the Duke of Kent, Ian Kentfield (President, AmSafe Bridport Ltd).
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During the visit the Duke of Kent was shown AmSafe Bridport Ltd’s facility and he met some of the AmSafe Bridport Ltd staff.
AmSafe Bridport Limited won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation for the company’s work in the design and development of Tarian™, a revolutionary system to protect armoured military vehicles against rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) attacks.
The Tarian technology has been developed in response to a requirement from the military for a lightweight, higher performance and more robust alternative to traditional, heavy, metal bar armour RPG protection systems. The core element of the Tarian RPG defeat mechanism is an extremely strong textile net manufactured from high-tenacity fibres. Tarian nets are attached to vehicles using innovative flexible mounts that enable the system to withstand harsh vehicle operating conditions without sustaining damage.
Compared with traditional bar armour, Tarian provides improved protection and, being significantly lighter, enables vehicles to operate more efficiently.
Tarian has been deployed and proven in Afghanistan since May 2009, and its QuickShield bar armour repair kits, fitted to vehicles to replace damaged bar armour since April 2011.
Neal McKeever, Sales & Marketing Director at AmSafe Bridport Ltd, said: “AmSafe Bridport is proud and honoured to be a recipient of a Queen’s Award of innovation for the development of its unique Tarian RPG protection technology. The culmination of seven years of co-development with the UK Ministry of Defence, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), Tarian is becoming globally established as the best performing, lightest and most robust solution for protecting vehicles against rocket propelled grenade attacks.”