The military has been using composite materials for decades. Mostly applied to the aerospace segment, composites are now finding more uses to the traditional armed forces.

One of the uses for military ground forces is in the segment of armored vehicles. Metal armor competes with composite armor with metal being less expensive but heavier. This weight advantage has required the use of composite armor for the “up  armoring” of vehicle systems that were already near their max payload. This minimizes the amount of other weight sacrifices being made in order to add armor.

Weight and performance are becoming more important as military tactics transition towards fast and nimble. This will create many future applications for composite materials as acceptance and testing open new opportunities.