Koninklijke Ten Cate NV : TenCate and US ARMY RDECOM enter multi-year CRADA agreement

| Source: Koninklijke Ten Cate NV

ALMELO, Netherlands, Sept. 12, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

TenCate Advanced Armor USA and the U.S. Army Research, Development, and
Engineering Command (RDECOM) have signed a multi-year cooperative research and
development agreement (CRADA) to evaluate the TenCate ABDS(TM) active blast
countermeasure system for improved soldier protection.

This collaboration enables TenCate engineers to demonstrate the ability of the
TenCate ABDS(TM) active blast countermeasure system to protect combat and
tactical ground vehicle crews from the devastating effects of insurgent mines,
roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices (IED's). RDECOM's evaluation
process ensures that the TenCate ABDS(TM) active blast countermeasure system
solutions are robust in design and performance and ready for real world military

In 2006 the US Department of Defense established the Joint Improvised Explosive
Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) to explore and identify ways to prevent,
identify and defeat IEDs. The US ARMY is also focused on this objective. For
example, TARDEC's (US ARMY Tank and Automotive Research and Development Center)
'Occupant Centric' soldier protection program seeks to identify, develop, and
integrate technologies that will protect ground vehicle crews from underbody
threats, crashes and rollovers while minimizing parasitic weight and maintaining
or improving the mobility of the vehicle system.

Mitigating mine blast energy
The TenCate ABDS(TM) active blast countermeasure system can save lives and
significantly reduce mission compromising injury by minimizing the transfer of
mine blast energy witnessed by a crew. The system efficiently manages the launch
acceleration of the vehicle, its flight and the ensuing fall back to earth. This
CRADA is a mechanism to utilize the vast capabilities and expertise of RDECOM's
various engineering centers with an integrated approach to testing and
developing the system's features, speeding its maturation and certifying its
technology readiness level (TRL) for future use on military platforms.

Lifesaving technology
"The US Army has a clear vision on the protection of mounted troops and TenCate
has developed important lifesaving technologies," says Mark Edwards, President
of TenCate Advanced Armor USA. "We are committed to this world class 'soldier
survivability' program and determined to meet or exceed every mil-spec
requirement necessary to quickly, yet safely, provide this threat protection
solution to our troops."

Scalable on wide range of platforms
The TenCate ABDS(TM) active blast countermeasure system, developed by a
dedicated team of specialists within TenCate Advanced Armor USA, has
demonstrated measurable improvements in occupant survivability. Third party
tests illustrate that decreased energy absorption, lower vehicle jump height,
and modest 'fall back' can reduce injuries, shorten recovery times, and improve
mission effectiveness. The TenCate ABDS(TM) active blast countermeasure system
offers weight, space and cost efficiencies and can be retrofit onto wide range
of new or fielded platforms. In addition, it is uniquely scalable to adapt to
evolving threats.

TenCate ABDS(TM) active blast countermeasure system is the world's first
practical active underbody blast threat protection system and it is ready for
platform evaluations today. TenCate Advanced Armor USA, based in Newark and
Hebron, Ohio, with dedicated engineering offices in Goleta, California,
specializes in engineering and manufacturing materials and systems that provide
armor protection for troops, ground vehicles, air and watercraft.

TenCate Advanced Armor USA
Newark (Ohio), United States of America, Thursday 12 September 2013


For further information:

The TenCate ABDS(TM) active blast countermeasure system technology has been
acquired by TenCate in March 2011. This acquisition strengthened the abilities
of TenCate to provide survivability solutions which are complementary to its
vehicle armoring portfolio of light weight armor composite products and

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TenCate corporate
Pieter Zwinkels, manager investor relations
Telephone      : + 31 546 544 977
Mobile           : + 31 6108 86338
E-mail           : ir@tencate.com
Internet         : www.tencate.com

TenCate Advanced Armor USA
Mark Edwards, President
Telephone      : +1 740 345 5574
Email            : advancedarmor@tcaa-usa.com
Internet         : www.tencateadvancedarmor.com

Disclaimer: reference herein to any specific commercial company, product,
process or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does
not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement recommendation or favoring
by the United States Government or the Department of the Army (DoA). The
opinions of the authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect
those of the United States government or the DoA, and shall not be used for
advertising or product endorsement purposes.

TenCate Advanced Armor is a leading global supplier of a wide range of armor
composite materials for ballistic protection. TenCate Advanced Armor develops
and produces a portfolio of composite and ceramic materials and designs active
armor solutions for the protection of police, army, air force, navy and civilian
service personnel, vehicles and vessels. TenCate Advanced Armor has facilities
in North America, Europe and Asia.

Royal Ten Cate (TenCate) is a multinational company that combines textile
technology with chemical processes and material technology in the development
and production of functional materials with distinctive characteristics. TenCate
products are sold throughout the world.
Systems and materials from TenCate come under four areas of application: safety
and protection; space and aerospace; infrastructure and the environment; sport
and recreation. TenCate occupies leading positions in protective fabrics,
composites for space and aerospace, antiballistics, geosynthetics and synthetic
turf. TenCate is listed on NYSE Euronext (AMX).

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