Security steel

For decades, C.A.PICARD® has been counted among the world’s best manufacturers of special purpose steel solutions for specialist industries which fulfil utmost demands. Our knowledge of materials is based on our history – since the founding of our company in 1876, we have been ideally combining experience, know-how and development.

For human safety, we have been delivering HC Protect® and SC Protect – security steels of the latest generation – for military forces, civil defence and money transporters since 2006. Innovative production processes permit to combine contradictory properties such as extremely-high hardness and ductility in one material and thus to ensure superior performance. Guaranteed mechanical properties and lowest thickness tolerances make a weight-optimised design of ballistic protection possible.

By means of its particular multi-hit capability with low weight, HC Protect® offers a secure efficiency against hard-core ammunition in a compound system against various kinds of threat, while SC Protect offers utmost efficiency against soft-core ammunition.

Thanks to long-time experience, unique production possibilities and continuous development in close cooperation with our customers, we offer tailor-made solutions which meet your requirements.

Application areas:

  • Military forces
  • Civil defence
  • Money transporters


  • Multi-hit capability
  • Low thicknesses (less weight)
  • Suitable as compound system
  • Stand-alone utilization is possible
  • Low thickness tolerance


  • Various thicknesses are available from stock
  • Compound systems can be designed on demand
  • Customized thicknesses are possible with HC Protect® 160 and 175 (not with HC Protect® L)
HC Protect® 160HC Protect® 160 LHC Protect® 175HC Protect® 175 L SC Protect 140
Surface hardness:HRC62-6562-6562-6562-6550 ± 2
Core hardness:HRCapprox. 45approx. 45approx. 42approx. 42
Maximum Dimension:mm850 x 2500850 x 25001250 x 25001250 x 25001500 x 4500
Available thicknesses:mm6.0 – 12.06.0 – 12.02.0 – 7.02.0 – 7.01.2 – 5.0
Thickness tolerance:mm-0/+0.1-0/+0.3-0/+0.1-0/+0.3-0/+0.3
Formability:only before heat treatment*only before heat treatment*only before heat treatment*only before heat treatment*lmited*

* Constructionally limited, only after consulting

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