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CHS Cadets Get Rare Glimpse at Defense Systems

rotc Twenty Clover High School AFJROTC cadets got the rare chance to see firsthand some of the world’s most innovative and technologically advanced defense force protection systems during a recent field trip to Defense Venture Group located in Indian Land, South Carolina.

Defense Venture Group designs and manufactures products primarily for government applications through three of its business units: ArmorLine, Indigen Armor and Dynamic Runflats.

ArmorLine is the leading manufacturer of transparent Spinel ceramic – a revolutionary ceramic material whose combination of high-hardness, lightweight, and broadband optical transmission properties make it ideal for transparent armor and sensor applications. The cadets learned that Spinel has significant advantages relative to other transparency alternatives. For example, Spinel requires >50% less weight and thickness for a given level of ballistic protection, offers better chemical and physical erosion resistance and produces superior optical transmission relative to current glass-based alternatives.

 Indigen Armor is the leading designer and manufacturer of purpose-built armored vehicles designed specifically to blend into local operating environments.

Dynamic Runflats has developed a revolutionary ballistic-resistant, three-piece polymeric run-flat tire system designed specifically for government vehicles. This system has been designed to outperform all currently fielded run-flat tire systems and for rapid replacement under adverse field conditions.

The cadets’ field trip time was spent both in the company’s boardroom where they learned about the business side of things as well on the manufacturing floor.

“The science behind these vehicles is amazing” stated third-year cadet Brady Watson.  “It really motivates you to pay attention in the classroom when you see first-hand examples of where science and engineering can take you.”

 “I left completely impressed” stated fourth-year cadet Jake Reed.  “The capabilities and level of detail in these systems reassures me that our military will remain the most technological advanced force in the world.”