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Military Aviation

Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion

PPG Aerospace - Transparencies is a leading and experienced manufacturer of windshields, canopies, windows, blast barriers and specialty transparencies for military applications. With a broad range of capabilities, PPG is able to design and produce advanced-technology transparencies to meet the demanding requirements of military air and surface operations.

PPG offers a variety of transport structural materials to meet specific design and performance requirements. In-house capabilities allow PPG to engineer and produce transparent materials specially tailored to aerospace applications.

HERCULITE® aerospace glass offers impact and thermal shock resistance as well as high load-carrying capabilities. Herculite II aerospace glass provides superior strength and durability. Special-composition glasses afford enhanced optical properties such as high light transmittance especially in the near infrared (IR) range, enabling PPG to produce windshields compatible with today's sophisticated night vision system.

Plastic substrate materials currently in production include acrylic that is strong and lightweight, and polycarbonate that has superior impact resistance and a high strength-to-weight ratio. In development are exciting, new materials with superior structural properties that have the potential to replace both acrylic and polycarbonate.

PPG proprietary interlayers bond the plies together and provide ballistic properties, bird-impact resist acne and pressure "failsafe" capability.

AIRCON®, NESA®, NESATRON®, SIERRACOTE™ and SIERRAGRID™ electrical heating systems provide anti-ice/anti-fog protection.

PPG advanced coatings and technologies help protect transparencies and aircrews from various operational or environmental threats and provide low-observable performance, solar heat reduction, laser protection  and electromagnetic pulse (EMP) shielding. Such technologies are designed to be compatible with night vision systems and other optical requirements.