"A Survivable Modular Transport Aircraft (SMTA) architecture is needed that will meet future
aviation needs to assure fast reliable airline passenger safety and is adaptable to various commercial,
military, and homeland security missions. Through the use of unique aircraft architecture
components the evolving threat of ‘carry-on’ terrorist bombing can be mitigated while providing
infrastructure growth elements needed to broaden the future of the critical US aircraft industry. The
SMTA project will demonstrate processes and material research applications that provide versatile
threat mitigation architectures and revolutionary growth paths for an emergency-quick-responseindustry.
The SMTA system is a projection of applied research that demonstrates advanced materials
and concepts to provide aircraft passengers with a survivable protection from explosive and chemical
/ biological weapon threats and general failure modes. "