An Australian company is set to present to the two biggest military shows in the US after successful testing its fire-retardant rubber with the US Army and Australian Army.
Sydney-based TCRT Systems will showcase its Linagard Ballistics Fire Retardant (FR) rubber at the AUSA Exposition in Washington in October, and the NSSF (National Shooting Sports Foundation) Shot Show in Las Vegas in January.
TCRT Systems Chief Technical Officer Clive Blair said the highly-technical rubber, which is manufactured for TCRT Systems by Weir Minerals, has undergone successful trials with the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Centre and the US Army Research Laboratory at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, including the use of tracer and incendiary rounds.
“As a specialist company in developing products for both military and industrial use, we’ve worked with Weir Minerals to create a rubber that we think is revolutionary for military and industrial use,” Blair said.
“In addition to being fire retardant, it’s also non-toxic, and UV and ozone stable, making it ideal for outdoor applications, particularly environmentally sensitive ones.
“There really is nothing else like it anywhere in the world. We’re proud to be invited to the US to showcase the rubber, and reinforce how Australia can lead the way globally in technological development.”
Linagard Ballistics FR rubber was initially intended to be used as shooting range curtains and wall linings to reduce the number of incidents where shooting ranges and shoot houses have caught alight and suffered fire damage.
According to Blair, a key accelerant in the shooting range fires has been the rubber used in each of these environments.
“Progressively, the military and shooting ranges are demanding that any rubber used in such environments must demonstrate flame retardant characteristics,” Blair said.
The US Army is utilising Linagard Ballistics FR rubber on the XM Spartan, a two-person tracked vehicle.