State Scientific Institution "Scientific and Technological Complex" Institute for Single Crystals "(Kharkov) completed the order for delivery in Germany," transparent armor "(order entered in 2011). This was reported on March 29 at the institute. Production" transparent armor "of sapphire was mastered Institute under a grant from NATO. Tests are conducted NATO military showed that the armor can withstand armor-piercing bullets hit.
According to the institute, the German machinery manufacturer became aware of the test results and they decided to use the development of Kharkov in their armored personnel carriers. Another German mechanical engineers are developing a setup project "transparent armor" on the cars of VIP-class.
The institute noted that "transparent armor" is more expensive than bulletproof glass. Apparently, therefore, orders for armored sapphire comes from developed countries.