Security Materials Technologies program

Armoured vehicles (AV) and personal protective equipment (PPE) are key segments of Canada's globally competitive defence and security industry. Increasing and evolving threats and demanding operational environments mean that new, high-performance protective materials are required in modern AV and PPE systems.

A joint program between the NRC and Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), the Security Materials Technologies (SMT) research program enables the development and transfer of next-generation protective materials and assemblies to Canadian industry and end users. The program harnesses Canada’s best materials and defence scientists, engineers, facilities and equipment to work collaboratively with partners on developing, commercializing and fielding superior protective solutions that are up to 25% lighter, 10% less costly, multifunctional, adaptive and more comfortable and durable.

The unique capabilities offered through the SMT program provide Canadian AV and PPE companies and their supply chains access to world-leading expertise in the design, prototyping and testing of advanced protection systems that will position Canadian companies as international market leaders for advanced security and armoured products.

Collaborate with us

Whether you are already in the vehicle armour or personal protective equipment supply chain or specialize in cutting-edge materials with potential applications in protection, collaborating with us on strategic research projects will help de-risk your innovative ideas, reduce your start-up costs, open new market opportunities and accelerate your commercial development timelines.


For more information and to find out how we can support your business needs, please contact:

Marc McArthur, Client Relationship Leader
Telephone: 613-949-8680
LinkedIn: Marc McArthur

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