The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

21 October 2005

Bulletproof windows?

The trouble with armored vehicles is that at some point you have to see out of them, and that requires glass, and glass doesn't resist ordnance all that well unless you use so much of it that you can barely see through it.

Now there's a layered aluminum oxynitride armor, backed up by a polymer with just a little glass in the middle. It's nicely clear, and in testing this summer it stopped a .50-caliber round. Try that with glass.

Right now, the stuff is about twice as expensive as glass, but you have to figure it's going to last quite a bit longer.

(Via Dean Esmay. And no, you can't get bulletproof Windows; Microsoft hasn't figured out how to do that yet.)

Posted at 6:10 AM to Entirely Too Cool

Ahh. Remember the 'Star Trek' movie where Scotty gives the formula for transparent aluminum to a scientist in the 1980's. The ships doctor then tells Scotty that this in violation of the 'prime directive'. Scotty says, " How do we know he didn't invent the stuff?"

I watched more TV/Movies than homework.

Posted by: E at 7:38 AM on 21 October 2005

Crap! EAlexander beat me to the Star Trek reference. I'm such an unworthy geek.
(Holding mouse up to mouth like microphone, heavy Scottish brogue)
Computer ...?"

/missing James Doohan. :-(

Posted by: Dan at 8:30 AM on 21 October 2005

And actually, Dean's article, to which I linked, beat both of you. :)

Posted by: CGHill at 8:38 AM on 21 October 2005

Guess Mr. Doohan was busy his last few years...

Posted by: McGehee at 9:46 AM on 21 October 2005