Tata Steel revealed its new high strength, lightweight steel, Super Bainite, for use by soldiers in the British army, in partnership with the Ministry of Defence, and has been described as potentially ‘life saving’.
Super Bainite was introduced to Prince Charles when visiting the steel plant in Port Talbot, south Wales for a tour of the facilities and to officially open a refurbished furnace.
The anti-ballistic steel, which has a lattice form, is intended for use with army machinery such as tanks and armour-plate troop carriers. The steel was developed specifically for soldiers in combat with The Taliban. It provides a much more rigorous protection but with less weight.
“[Super Bainite] will give our troops a level of protection they have not had before and which nobody in the world offers. It is unique to the UK. We thought that it would interest the Prince of Wales because, of course, he has two sons in the military,” read a statement from Tata Steel.
The Port Talbot based plant, which has recently hit record levels of productivity, is just one of several Tata Steel plants dotted throughout the UK, which is part of the global conglomerate, Tata Group.