Saint-Gobain Crystals continues to be a market leader in protection and aerospace applications for sapphire. The photonic ceramic material has its heritage in aviation markets as a scratch resistance window for IR-based vision systems. Present on commercial aircraft, such as Gulfstream, Saint-Gobain’s sapphire is a proven material in wide use. This capability has led to other markets, namely transparent protection.
Saint-Gobain Crystals is the pioneer in offering SAFirETM Transparent Window Solutions to address the ever-increasing demands of protective performance at a reduced weight and thickness.
Ground vehicles and aircraft often use glass protection to stop high-velocity projectiles from entering the cab and or cockpit. But glass protection can be heavy and thick. On the other hand, Sapphire protection is 50% thinner and lighter than glass alternatives, while providing the same kinetic energy or stopping power performance. What's more, it offers better abrasion and chemical resistance to outside threats.
The SAFirE product line incorporates EFGTMSapphire, 2nd in hardness to diamond, providing an extremely hard and abrasion-resistant strike face that ‘breaks’ the projectile upon impact. SAFirE transparent window solutions have been designed to meet a variety of threat levels at reduced weight and thickness, while also providing improved situational awareness in both the visual and infrared spectrums.
Please contact us for further details on SAFirE transparent protection solutions.
Saphikon® EFG™ Sapphire Tubes and windows are used on InfraRed Countermeasure Systems (IRCM).
Regardless of whether the platform is a Helicopter or Cargo Transport Jet, when you are on the front line the potential threat of a shoulder-launched weapon is always there. Our sapphire tubes provide the best possible IR transmission with the strength to match.
Our Sapphire windows provide durability and performance at levels that instill confidence in IRCM designers that their system will be second to none.
CLASS® Sapphire is the material of choice for durable Electro-optical / Infrared windows.
Sapphire is a strong, scratch-resistant material that is compatible with Ultraviolet, Visible and mid-wave infrared sensors (UV-VIS-MWIR), and laser range-finding, spot tracking systems. CLASS® Sapphire is used exclusively on commercial enhanced flight vision systems (EFVS), as well as imaging, reconnaissance, and targeting systems.
CLASS®Sapphire windows are commercially available in sizes up to 9” x 26” (225mm x 660mm) and 12” x 20” (300mm x500mm).
Finished CLASS® Sapphire EO/IR windows complete with MIL-STD anti-reflective coatings and heating / de-icing grid (optional).