A damage localizing transparent armor having one or more mosaic tile layers each having two or more transparent projectile-resistant tiles bonded together along their edges in a mosaic arrangement, and preferably a transparent polymer backing plate bonded to a face of the mosaic tile layer with a transparent adhesive, to form a transparent protective panel capable of providing see-through shielding against small arms projectiles and shards from explosive devices. The edge-bonded mosaic arrangement of the mosaic tile layer reduces the energy transferred from an impacted tile to an adjacent tile of the mosaic tile layer, so as to localize damage caused by these projectiles, and increase the multi-hit capability of the transparent armor.
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 The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC52-07NA27344 between the United States Department of Energy and Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC for the operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.