The Protective Group (TPG) has been supplying superior engineering and advanced technologies to the Military Aircraft market since the company’s inception in the 1960’s. During the 1980’s, we led the development of the Gen 1 BASS system for the H-47 and H-60 platform armor. In the late 1990’s, we developed the Gen 2 Ballistic Protection System (BPS) – a robust, durable, multi-hit system for the 160th S.O.A.R.
On September 10, 2001, the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) awarded TPG its initial production contract for Ballistic Protection Systems (BPS). Based on the obvious escalation in world terrorism demonstrated the following day, TPG embarked on an aggressive low rate initial production (LRIP) schedule. Forty-five (45) days later, TPG received Air Worthiness Certification (AWR) and delivered the initial systems to the 160th in theater.
TPG´s Ballistic Protection System (BPS) protects over 90% of the DOD´s rotary wing fleet, with over 2,000 BPS systems delivered to the Iraqi and Afghani theaters.
Today, we have developed the Gen 4/5 EBPS and Advanced Ballistic Stopping System (ABSS) which provide the same robust design as BPS with up to a 55% weight reduction. Similar to BPS, ABBS was designed developed and delivered in less than 180 days. Our system solutions provide durable, multi-hit small arms protection supporting the air superiority enjoyed by the U.S. and its allies.
Our product based solutions draw upon our extensive material, ballistic and structural/crashworthy heritage. As of today, TPG currently has over fifty Air Worthiness Certificates with the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force. With the broadest range of technology available in the market we are able to address the most challenging applications with proven time tested building blocks.
Rotor Craft: H-60, H-47, H-1, H-53, V-22, Mi-17
Fixed Wing: C-130, Arch Angel, DHC-6