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Defense

Supporting Every Branch of the Military

Defense manufacturers choose General Plastics for our superior quality material, manufacturing capabilities and material certifications. For over 80 years, General Plastics has engineered, machined, and fabricated rigid foam and flexible foam materials to satisfy the physical property, flammability, and other demanding specifications of the defense industry. We have proudly worked with every branch of the military, fulfilling a wide array of applications.

Our flexible, polyurethane open-cell foams are formulated to absorb large amounts of impact energy at controlled rates while cushioning payloads from high G-stress levels. They have been used extensively in vibration damping, shock isolation systems, protecting missiles in underground silos and submarine launch tubes. The Minuteman, Peacekeeper and Trident programs have all relied on LAST-A-FOAM® products.

Other military applications such as dunnage use a variety of our flexible and rigid foams at various densities as molded or machined structures to protect sensitive payloads such as munitions, electronics, and explosives. Depending on the requirements and design, these flame-retardant, impact-absorbing lightweight structures can hold their payloads snugly or simply keep them separated from each other within their crates. From high-density, rigid foam for heavy or extremely metallic structures to low-density flexible foams used for munitions and electronics, General Plastics can custom formulate your dunnage packages.

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Quality and Testing

Our products are backed by ongoing research and development, stringent quality certifications and ITAR compliance. General Plastics’ Quality Department consistently follows well-defined regulations that reflect industry best practices and proprietary procedures. Formulating, producing, testing, and applying our polyurethane foam materials gives us unique insight into distinct properties.  Our well-honed quality assurance activities have made General Plastics a recognized center of excellence for physical property, flammability, and developmental testing.

Capabilities

  • Custom formulating
  • Build-to-print fabrication
  • Pattern making
  • Tooling, trim jigs, bonding fixtures
  • Thermoforming
  • Molded Parts
  • Composite Layup
  • CNC machining
  • Assembly
  • Painting
  • Adhesive bonding
  • Pre-preg and potting processes
  • Resin-infusion processes
  • Validation of product through in-house QA testing

Applications That Utilize Our Products

  • Nozzle closures/weather seals on rocket boosters
  • Easily machinable subsea buoyancy products
  • Reactive tank armor
  • Ballistic panels for vests and helicopter seat bottoms
  • Flight Systems – space launch vehicles, propulsion systems, missile defense systems, aerospace composite structures
  • Defense Systems – Missile products, defense electronic systems, armament systems, small caliber systems
  • Space systems – satellites, space components, human space & advanced systems
  • Flexible and rigid applications also include explosives packaging/dunnage with military specifications, steel ballast closures (flexible foam closures for vibration damping for submarine applications), thermal separators for rockets and missiles, UAV applications to protect littoral zone, air-combat training solutions (mock missiles, planes and drones), and body armor
  • Engineered bomblet holders
  • Explosive charge encapsulant
  • Core materials for military shelters, containers, solar panels, etc.

Military Specifications

  • MIL-PRF-26514, Rev G, Type 1, Class 1
  • MIL-PRF-26514, Rev G, Type 1, Class 2, Grade (if specified, density specified separately)
  • MIL-F-83671, Class 1, Category 1
  • MIL-C-83400, Type 1 (FR-3703), Type 2 (FR-3704)
  • MIL-C-8087, Type 1, Class 1

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