The Vector Strategy report, Armor Material Requirements For US Military Ground Vehicles, covers the time period 2005-2020 and provides data in lbs (weight), ft2 and dollars of market value.

The report also discusses trends in armour design, vehicle protection levels and armour material market prices.

Conclusions from the report include:

  • 2011 armour material requirements represent roughly 30% of 2008’s peak armour material requirements;
  • armour 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 armour materials will gradually recover through 2020 as modernisation programmes for existing vehicle programmes 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 armour applications from add-on-armour to integrated armour is evident over time; and
  • light tactical vehicles are the major contributor to armour material requirements in 2015-2020.