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Ceradyne is an established leader in the manufacture of DEFENDER® ceramic body armor upgrade plates and is a key supplier to the U.S. Military of ceramic armor systems. Hot pressed boron carbide and silicon carbide ceramic is integrated with optimized composite structures to produce rugged multi-hit armors. For steel-core ball and armor piercing protection that exceeds NIJ requirements, Ceradynes next generation technology offers the highest performance and the lightest weight available worldwide.Ceradyne has developed a DEFENDER® vehicle armoring system that encompasses the latest protective products for tactical wheel and logistical support vehicles. The advanced technology system is ultimately flexible and responsive to local threat requirements allowing fast and effective adjustments to armor protection levels and consequent survivability.Ceradyne modular vehicle armor complies with most current requirements of Standard NATO Agreement 4569 [STANAG] as well as domestic protection level ratings such as NIJ and UL. In addition to providing direct fire ballistic protection, Ceradynes comprehensive solutions include blast protection for both contact detonated and command detonated mines. Vehicle wheel well and underbelly protection designs, available through our dedicated facility at Ceradyne Vehicle Armor Systems, can be integrated into the vehicles overall configuration to insure the survivability of crew members.Headquartered in Costa Mesa, California, Ceradyne Inc. is a fully integrated developer and manufacturer of advanced technical ceramic products and components for defense, industrial, nuclear, electronic, automotive/diesel, and medical markets.