Lightweight protection solutions made easy

    Crew boats, patrol boats and other small craft have traditionally used their speed and agility to avoid confrontations or catch up on adversaries. Heavy armour solutions have either added weight to the vessel and degraded performance or alternatively meant less capability to carry payload, armaments, crew or equipment.

    Composite armour kits enable small crafts to obtain a high level of ballistic protection without sacrificing speed or agility. Actually, our protection solutions are more than 50% lighter than equivalent steel-based solutions. This means that crafts will still be able to utilize the speed and agility to their advantage even with a ballistic solution integrated on the vessel. The small craft will be a more versatile and safer platform for all intended uses.

    TenCate Advanced Armour is an experienced provider of composite armour solutions with more than 20 years of experience in developing, integrating, and manufacturing composite armour kits for crew boats, patrol boats, rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs), and other small craft in all parts of the world. We provide integrated stand-alone solutions developed to NATO STANAG 4569 level 1 to 3 ballistic requirements or solutions tailored to customer requirements. The solutions are scalable to platform and requirement. We have also developed and adapted them to the maritime environment (saltwater etc) and the kits are resistant to ordinary types of chemicals, fluids, fire, UV light, shock and vibrations.

    We offer the protection kits as ready-to-install solutions and our local office can support you with all technical aspects to fast track the delivery of the armour kit.

      See Valerie Orhan's presentation

      Valerie has spent the majority of her career in the survivability industry. She is an integrated part of the French defense industry and is extremely experienced in bringing OEM and government requirements together on survivability programmes.

      Ballistic performance

      Composite armour solutions are significantly lighter than equivalent steel solutions. The below table is a comparison based on commercially available steel solutions and our lightweight composite armour. Metallic solutions also create additional threats from spall in the event of being hit by an overmatch threat.   

      Due to the sensitive commercial value of the weight for our armour solutions, we cannot reveal the precise value here. For more concise information on our solutions, please contact your local TenCate representative.


      Steel armour Composite armour Weight saving
      AD (kg/m2) AD (kg/m2)

      NIJ III + 7.62x39 MSC


      <20kg 61%
      NATO STANAG 4569 level 1 71kg <35kg 53%

      NATO STANAG 4569 level 2

      94kg <40kg 57%

      NATO STANAG 4569 level 3

      173kg <70kg 60%

      Technical support and integration management

      Ballistic protection is not only about adding armour panels to the craft. We take due care to optimise the protection kit to your platform to ensure you get the most out of the vessel.

      We need information about the vessel to adapt and integrate the composite protection kit in a way that complements the performance of the craft, while being easy to install. Drawings of the vessel can be essential for us to provide composite protection kits that fit nicely and avoid ballistic gaps. If drawings are not available, we can do a 3D scan of the craft and digitalize it for further work.

      We also have the capability to provide technical support from the initial phase of the project if you need consultancy or support on survivability related aspects. We have vast experience in testing and certifying solutions in accordance with ballistic, environmental or other test standards.

      TenCate Tactical Naval Shield

      TenCate provides an easy-to-assemble ballistic shield for small calibre gun mounts. The naval shield is designed to be deployable within minutes and with a flexible design that can cover various angles and areas. The naval shield attaches to the floor/deck using an adaptor plate, which can be modified to suit existing configurations.

      All panels and the frame system are standardised to ensure minimal spares and maximum flexibility. The ballistic panels are designed to be easily maintained at sea with little training. Armour solutions certified in accordance with NATO STANAG 4569 Level 1-3 or NIJ level III-IV can be incorporated into the Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) solution.


      Height 104 cm / 40.94 in (Customisable if required)
      Protection level NATO STANAG 4569 Level 1-3 or NIJ Level III-IV
      Set up / removal time     < 15 minutes

      Want to discuss protection solutions?

      Chen Yizhong is our Sales Manager for South East Asia. Yizhong has many years of  experience in the maritime business, which can help new and old customers to get a cost effective, easy-to-adapt and correct survivability solution for any vessel.

      Chen Yizhong Sales Manager APAC

      Chen Yizhong
      Sales Manager APAC
      Send me an email +65 9653 6315

      TenCate Advanced Armour Asia-Pacific

      Since 2012 we have had a dedicated team in Singapore to serve the Asia Pacific region. We appreciate that culture, customs and perspectives differentiate from region to region and country to country. We work closely with partners, customers and End Users to ensure they get the best solution for their needs. Cost effectively, fast and reliably.

      We strive to be available with short notice and solve your inquiry professionally and effectively. We have also developed long-term partnerships with trusted local partners who are specialised in various segments (such as Land, Sea, Air, Special Forces, Police and/or commercial markets).

      This network of dedicated partners enables us to effectively reach out to all customers and end-users throughout the region. We work as a team with a proven track record for success.

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      About TenCate Advanced Armour

      • 20+ years experience in survivability solutions
      • 20+ years experience in law enforcement and civilian vehicle protection requirements
      • 15+ years experience in complex international defence programmes
      • 4000+ different ballistic solutions developed
      • 25.000+ vehicles protected
      • Capabilities in simulation, survivability analysis, engineering, and integration
      • Lightest solutions in the market against higher level threats
      • Extensive portfolio of tested and approved ballistic solutions
      • High customer satisfaction with product quality, delivery reliability, and documentation
      • Experienced programme management and sales staff
      • High manufacturing capacity for complex international programmes

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