Plasan

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Plasan Sasa Ltd.
Native name
פלסן סאסא בע"מ
TypePrivately held company
IndustryDefence
Founded1985; 38 years ago (1985)
Headquarters,
Area served
worldwide
Key people
Dani Ziv (CEO)
ProductsArmored vehicles, Ballistic vests
OwnerKibbutz Sasa
Number of employees
1,600
SubsidiariesPlasan USA
Websitewww.plasansasa.com

Plasan (Hebrew: פלסן) (incorporated as Plasan Sasa Ltd. and formerly as Plasan Sasa (ACS) Ltd.) is an Israeli based vehicle manufacturer.

History[edit]

Plasan Sasa, established in 1985, develops, manufactures, and assembles custom-built vehicle armor systems and chassis up-armor designs as well as Add-On Armor Protection Kits for lightweight military tactical trucks and APCs [Wheeled & Tracked], for fixed and rotary wing aircraft, commercial vehicles, and is a major supplier of personnel protection armor.

Plasan is a non-public company and is wholly owned by Kibbutz Sasa, a communal village of some 100 families in Northern Israel. It employs 1,300 people, including 650 in the United States and 180 in France.[1]

Plasan armor is widely used in the US military's MRAP vehicles.[2] US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro said that Plasan's armor has saved countless American lives.[3] The company also sells to police and border guard forces worldwide. A special vehicle built for the military police of São Paulo, capable of transporting 24 fighters and equipped with diurnal and nocturnal vision systems was used during the Olympics in Brazil.[1]

Sasa's innovations include vehicular cabin, chassis and hull armor kits to protect personnel and equipment on MaxxPro, MRAP (Mine Resistant and Ambush Protected) and M-ATV (all-terrain) vehicles.[4]

Carbon composites[edit]

Plasan has an automotive composite manufacturing facility in Vermont formerly the Automotive division of Vermont Composites.[5] Plasan Carbon manufactures the carbon fiber fenders of the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, and the hood, fenders, roof, roof bow, lower rocker moldings and front splitter of the 2009 ZR1.[6][7] Plasan also molds the Rear Spoilers, Front Splitters, and Front Dive Planes for the 2008 Viper SRT-10 ACR. Plasan has also built in the past the splitter, Hood Assembly, and Mirror caps for the 2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR.

Awards and recognition[edit]

In May 2017, Plasan Sasa and its CEO, Danny Ziv, received the National Defense Industrial Association's Red Ball Express award. The company was recognized by NDIA's Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Division.[1]

Products[edit]

Vehicles with armored bodies designed and manufactured by Plasan

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Israeli Company, Hurt by U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Iraq, Pivots and Returns to Profit" – via Haaretz.
  2. ^ "Plasan Has Delivered Armor for 1,955 Life Saving MRAP Vehicles". www.defense-aerospace.com.
  3. ^ "Defending American lives, redefining the future" – via www.youtube.com.
  4. ^ Waitt, Tammy (May 17, 2017). "Plasan Sasa Wins NDIA 2017 Red Ball Express Award (Learn More, Video)". American Security Today.
  5. ^ "JEC Composites - Vermont Composites sells automotive business to Plasan Sasa". Archived from the original on September 28, 2007.
  6. ^ Plasan's venture to make carbon-fiber parts for sports cars
  7. ^ "CompositesWorld.com - NAIA Show Highlights 2008". Archived from the original on February 27, 2008.
  8. ^ "NDM Article - Protection of Army Trucks Requires Tradeoffs". Archived from the original on September 30, 2007.
  9. ^ "Lockheed To Unveil Adaptable Vehicle for U.K. Needs - Defense News".
  10. ^ "World leaders Thales and Plasan partner for next generation vehicles bid". Thales public relations. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2011.

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