Defence

When it comes to (inter)national security, we take no risks. With over 30 years of experience in Defence and Maritime, we still try every day to surpass ourselves with lightweight and reliable solutions in the smartest way possible. 

Composite engineering for Defence

Solico works in a secure environment with screened employees. Our strength lies in our in-depth expertise in engineering and composites markets. We have a huge multidisciplinary network which enables us to anticipate and think in terms of providing solutions quickly. This experience ensures a fast turn-around time for each project. When required, Solico supports purchasing projects through advice and support, to ensure that the quality remains extremely high.

Our specialization is composite engineering. At Solico we are a huge fan of composites because we believe that this material offers many advantages to the world of Defence:

  • Composite is lightweight and extremely strong. Therefore, the lightweight solution allows a command to:
    - Carry out an operation faster (faster RHIB, for example).
    - Extend endurance by reducing fuel consumption.
    - Bring more equipment or other material for transport.
  • Composite can be radar transparent: The solution protects a radar without affecting the vision.
  • Composites can be conductors and thus protect parts against EMC radiation.
  • Composites can be made very flexible: shock loads are better absorbed with less damage compared to other materials.
  • Combinations of composite with, for example, aramid have good anti-ballistic properties against a fraction of the weight of conventional protection. 

In summary: Composite is very suitable for the optimization of the performance of Defence vehicles and reduces CO2 emissions. Check all benefits of composites. 

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Solico takes care of services such as engineering, quality testing via our lab and the possibility for an office on site. Would you like to know more or make an appointment? Please contact us or check out all Defence cases first.


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Case
Superrhibs

Superrhibs

The superrhibs of the Royal Dutch Navy were eposed to the fiercest of loads. Solico designed multiple improvements to the Superrhibs. This enabled them to deal with the pressures drug transport interceptions and other tough missions.

Customer: Royal Dutch Navy

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RHIB2000

RHIB2000

In order to make the small RHIB 2000 go even faster and withstand even higher loads, the hulls were redesigned by Solico. After construction of the new hulls the weight savings became crystal clear!

Customer: Royal Dutch Navy

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Composite integrated masts

Composite integrated masts

Modern mast design integrates as many functions as possible inside the mast geometry. The outer shell is now used for a multitude of functions, amongst which are radar reflection. The mast, being the highest part of the ship, is the best candidate for weight savings. 

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Mine hunters

Mine hunters

Solico engineered numerous modifications and refits for GRP mine hunters, e.g. sonar plugs, modification J-deck, etc.

Customer: Royal Dutch Navy

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Doenan Mager

Commercial Manager
Doenan Mager