Nanomaterials-Enabled Lightweight Military Platforms

  • Narendra Kumar
  • Ambesh Dixit


Most of the military platforms are constructed from high-density steel. Such platforms are heavy, thereby suffering from high fuel consumption, low maneuverability, and load-carrying capacity. In addition, the armor used to protect such platforms from ballistic and blast attacks is also made out of high-density materials. Low-density and high-strength materials are being sought to overcome the inherent issues in such platforms. Low-density metal alloys and composites have been developed and found to partially or fully replace high-density steel in many of the naval, ground, and aerospace-based military platforms. The problem, however, is not fully resolved. Nanomaterials such as CNTs, graphene, metals, and ceramics in metal alloys and composites are reported to further reduce the weight penalty in military platforms and their armor.


Light weight military platforms Trucks Tanks Armed Personal Carriers Aircrafts Explosive Reactive Armor (ERA), Structural Nanocomposites Transparent Armor Blast Protecting Armor Syntactic Metal Foam 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Narendra Kumar
    • 1
  • Ambesh Dixit
    • 2
  1. 1.Defence Laboratory Jodhpur (DRDO)JodhpurIndia
  2. 2.Department of Physics & Center for Solar Energy DepartmentIndian Institute of Technology JodhpurJodhpurIndia

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