Like Wonder Woman, Commandos Want Transparent Plane Armor
The U.S. Special Operations Command recently put out a solicitation that’s unusual even for a military organization that controls mystery helicopters and stealth drones. It’s after something it calls a “Transparent Ballistic Protection System,” which is pretty much what it sounds like: “production aircraft transparent armor panels and aircraft shipsets.”
Alas, the solicitation gives little indication of the actual problem such a system will solve. Adding armor to a helicopter or a plane is well and good (provided it doesn’t screw with allowing the aircraft to stay airborne). The Taliban’s shootdown of a Chinook in August provided a ghastly reminder of the vulnerabilities of helos.