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October 4, 2011 - Vector Strategy Releases New Report on Armor Material Requirements for US Military Ground Vehicles.

Vector Strategy has published a new report that quantifies armor material requirements for US military ground vehicles. The report provides clients with an outlook for steel, aluminum, titanium, ceramic, ballistic fibers and composites, and transparent armor materials. The report covers a time horizon of 2005 to 2020 and provides data in pounds (weight), square feet, and dollars of market value. The report also discusses trends in armor design, vehicle protection levels, and armor material market prices.

According to Marcia Price, President of Vector Strategy, "We last published this report in 2008 and clients have been very anxious to receive our new release. We have improved our forecast model by increasing the number of armor materials that we track from 14 to 25, and we have made a concerted effort to link all our assumed armor designs to specific protection levels for each vehicle platform in our model. Within the new 2011 release, we share more information about our armor design assumptions and trends in vehicle protection. Not only will clients find the market size projections valuable, they will also find the armor design information insightful.”

Conclusions from the report include:

  • 2011 armor material requirements represent roughly 30% of 2008’s peak armor material requirements.
  • Armor material prices have declined substantially from 2008, with great variability in that price decline from material to material.
  • After a funding retrenchment in 2012-13, demand for armor materials will gradually recover through 2020 as modernization programs for existing vehicle programs and new vehicle platforms reach Milestone C and full rate production.
  • Over the time horizon of the report, a trend of increasing vehicle protection levels from kinetic energy threats is evident.
  • A shift in vehicle armor applications from add-on-armor to integrated armor is evident over time. This shift applies to both protection from kinetic energy threats and IED/mine protection.
  • Light tactical vehicles are the major contributor to armor material requirements in 2015 to 2020.
  • By 2020, ceramic material is deployed within armor solutions for a broader range of vehicle platforms and for a broader range of Stanag protection levels.
  • Transparent armor requirements for field replacements decline substantially as troops and equipment are withdrawn from theater.

Vector Strategy's new “Armor Material Requirements For US Military Ground Vehicles” is available for immediate purchase and electronic delivery. More information is available on Vector Strategy's website at

About Vector Strategy, Inc. Vector Strategy offers reports, publications, and other market research services to the military armor industry. Vector Strategy advises companies of technology trends, government procurement, market size and growth, industry players, supply chain issues, and other intelligence that business executives need to make informed decisions and build effective strategic plans.

For more information contact Ms. Marcia Price, Vector Strategy at 910-585-6228 or


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