TEL AVIV — An Israeli firm has developed armor based on
ApNano has tested armor said to be five times stronger than steel and
twice as strong as any impact-resistant material used in protective gear.
Last year, a sample of the ApNano material was subjected to tests in which a
steel projectile traveling at a speed of up to 1.5 kilometers per second
slammed into the material.
Executives said the impact was the equivalent to dropping four diesel locomotives onto an area the size of a
They said the nano-based armor, which stemmed from a new carbon
form called Inorganic Fullerenes, withstood the impact.
The company's chief executive officer, Menachem Genut, said the company
would launch initial production within the next six months. Genut said this
would mean the production of between 100 and 200 kilograms of the
nano-material per day.
By 2007, Genut said, ApNano, based in Nes Ziona, Israel, would begin full-scale production of the
armor. This would mean the production of several tons per day.
The company began development of the nano-material in 2004.
Genut said the nano-material would require additional field testing
before it was ready for the market. He said the first product could be ready