Research Frontiers Licensee GKN Aerospace Awarded U.S. Department of Defense Contract for SPD-Smart Bullet Resistant Windows

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Research Frontiers Inc. licensee GKN Aerospace announced on September 4, 2009 that it has been awarded a $425,000 development contract from the U.S. Department of Defense for SPD-Smart(TM) instantly dimmable bullet resistant windows.
GKN also announced that it will exhibit armored SPD-SmartGlass(TM) in London from September 8-11 at the Defence Systems and Equipment International (DSEI) trade show, and at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington, D.C. from October 5-7.
More details regarding this development in the SPD-SmartGlass industry, and contact information for the media and GKN customers, can be found in the GKN press release.
SPD-Smart products use patented SPD film technology developed and licensed by Research Frontiers. With the touch of a button or turn of a dial, users can instantly and precisely adjust the tint of windows, skylights, sunroofs and other products. Automated adjustment of SPD-Smart products also is available using sensors or timing devices. SPD films can be combined with other glazing materials, such as materials used in armored glass, to meet a wide range of end-product requirements across many applications.
Joseph M. Harary, President and CEO of Research Frontiers, noted: “With the recently demonstrated efficient energy savings that can result from use of SPD-Smart technology in the windows for homes, offices, boats, aircrafts and automobiles for the civilian market, today’s announcement by our licensee GKN also highlights their active involvement to bring these and other benefits such as increased security to the military and government markets, as well as to the high-end civilian security market. I congratulate the SPD team at GKN for advancing their program to the point where it has now won a major award from the U.S. Department of Defense. GKN is a world leader in armored glass in both the military and civilian sectors, and this contract award supports GKN’s efforts to bring SPD technology to these vital and growing markets.”
More information about the DSEI trade show in London in September is available at: Information about the AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington D.C. in October is available at:
More information about Research Frontiers and SPD-Smart light-control technology can be found at, or by contacting Gregory M. Sottile, Ph.D., Research Frontiers Director of Market Development, at 516-364-1902 ext. 251 or

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