This week the MoD announced the replacement of the much criticised Snatch Land Rover with the purpose built Ocelot light protected patrol vehicle (LPPV) to be built here in the UK by Force Protection.

Foam Engineers Limited already supplies Crest Foam’s SafeCrest® Type IV Mil Spec Explosion Suppressant Foam to Force Protection Inc, and we look forward to providing the Safety Foam for the new British Army’s LPPV.

Explosion Suppressant Foam, also known as Safety Foam, was invented in the late 1960s when the United States Air Force began using reticulated polyester polyurethane foam to suppress fires and explosions inside fuel tanks. Since its inception it has successfully been used in military vehicles, aircraft and boats as well as competition and emergency vehicles.

Once installed inside the fuel tank the reticulated polyurethane foam essentially functions as a three dimensional fire screen. The foam is 98% void, only reduces fuel volume by 4% and adds only a negligible amount of net weight to the fuel tank.

Additional advantages include no moving parts, nothing to turn on or off, no pressure lines, no explosion sensing devices, no functional components to fail and no metal mesh to leave filings that clog filters and injectors.

Foam Engineers is a stockist and distributor of the SafeCrest® ESF product as manufactured by Crest Foam Industries. Crest Foam is a leading worldwide supplier of ESF and has worked closely with the US Air Force, Navy and Army.  Foam Engineers carries in stock at all times Type 2 Yellow, Type 4 Blue and Type 6 Black (Grade 1) Conductive grades which can be supplied in raw block form or machined into any configuration to conform to the inside of a rigid or flexible fuel tank.

For a pictorial guide of SafeCrest® ESF in use click here.

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