Our History

Morgan Composites and Defence Systems History


A suite of ultra-lightweight LASA® body armour plates are launched to meet the varied needs of military and law enforcement personnel.  The suite contains both standalone and in-conjunction with body armour plates for NIJ Level III as well as special threat plates, such as covert discreet armour, and plates combating key threats such as SS109 ‘Green Tip’, BZ and API ammunition.

Morgan wins a prestigious contract with the UK Ministry of Defence for the delivery of bespoke ballistic shields.  The shields are 20% lighter than previous generation technology and deliver outstanding multi-hit protection.



As more off the shelf armour products are launched to serve and worldwide customer base, a series of brands are launched to group capability; LASA® for personal protection, Silverback® for bomb disposal suits and de-mining protection, and CAMAC® for platform armour.  The brands help communicate our message of combining cutting edge materials with world class ballistics engineering to produce products that offer outstanding protection at low weights.

Morgan is contracted by the Canadian Department of National Defence to deliver the next generation CM735 Combat Helmet.  Morgan’s solution is 23% lighter than the previous generation helmet shell with higher fragment protection.



A Morgan led consortium wins the Mastiff Post Design Services contract, issued by the UK Ministry of Defence.  The contract was for an initial two years with potential extension opportunities and supported the development of the Mastiff vehicles returning from Afghanistan.

Morgan releases the LASA® LWBIII+ IC6 body armour plate, produced using breakthrough composite materials and processing technology; the armour weighs less than 1kg and enters the market as the most advanced body armour for NIJ 0101.06 Level III and special threats.


NP Aerospace, now trading as Morgan Advanced Materials, Composites and Defence Systems, develops and manufactures a ground-breaking CAMAC® Composite Survivability Capsule for TATA Motors for their LAMV 4x4 light patrol vehicle.  This composite pod integration was a key weight saving enabler.



Morgan (trading as NP Aerospace) is commissioned by Vectus to develop a specialist composite Personal Rapid Transit pod for the Suncheon Bay wetlands reserve in South Korea.  The pods feature large blown tube structures and an autoclave moulding process to create a lightweight, strong eco-friendly transport solution.



Morgan (trading as NP Aerospace) introduces the MK7 combat helmet under UOR (urgent operational requirement) to the UK Ministry of Defence.  Utilising breakthrough composite technology, the helmet offered the same levels of protection as the preceding MK 6A helmet at a significantly reduced weight.



Morgan (trading as NP Aerospace) armour over 380 MAN Trucks for the UK Ministry of Defence for operations in Afghanistan.



The first Mastiff, a heavily armoured, 6 x six-wheel-drive patrol vehicle is armoured and integrated by Morgan (trading as NP Aerospace) for the UK Ministry of Defence for operations in Afghanistan.  Over the next eight years over 750 Mastiff family vehicles are delivered by NP Aerospace, including Mastiff, Ridgback, Wolfhound and Buffalo platforms.



Morgan (trading as NP Aerospace) changes the face of cycling by creating the world’s first single piece carbon fibre bike frame using cutting edge blown tube technology.  The bike frame was used by Team GB cyclist Jason Queally as he won gold at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games 1km time trial.



Morgan (trading as NP Aerospace) enters a partnership with Varian Medical Systems, a leading manufacturer of radiotherapy delivery systems, to develop a more advanced couch top for radiotherapy.  The outcome was a carbon fibre based couch, delivering a strong yet highly transparent solution, absorbing a minimal amount of radio waves.  The partnership is still going strong today.



The Snatch Vixen Land Rover, the world’s first fully composite armoured vehicle is designed and fielded by Morgan (trading as National Plastics) in Coventry for operations in Northern Ireland.



Due to the Courtaulds groups’ expertise in artificial fibre manufacture, when the high potential strength of carbon fibre was realized in by the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough in 1963, the process was licensed to them along with two other British companies: Rolls-Royce and Morganite, a subsidiary of Morgan Crucible.



Courtaulds produce the first Bakelite spinning box in 1926, and the Courtaulds Bakelite Moulding team, later known as Morgan Composites and Defence Systems was born.



Samuel Courtauld obtains a licence to make artificial silk from the Silk Institute in Kew, London and purchases the exclusive rights to Charles Frederick Topham’s unique Box Spinning Machine, becoming pioneers in artificial fibre production for the next six decades.