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Composite Materials Help Military Reduce Weight of Body Armor
MORRIS PLAINS, N.J.–KDH Defense Systems will use Honeywell's Spectra Shield® and Gold Shield® ballistic composite materials to create new soft armor vest systems as part of the U.S. Army's next-generation Soldier Protection System (SPS), Honeywell reported in a press release.
Armor made with Honeywell's Spectra Shield and Gold Shield products was chosen by soldiers after a U.S. Military Human Factors Evaluation. The armor systems were reported to have demonstrated improved mobility and flexibility, and reduced weight versus systems predominantly made with woven aramid, Honeywell said in its release.
Reducing body armor weight is a key goal for the Army. The SPS is a modular, scalable, and tailorable system designed to provide an overall weight reduction of 10 percent. It comprises five subsystems, including the Torso and Extremity Protection (TEP) subsystem, which aims to achieve a 26 percent weight reduction. KDH Defense Systems will incorporate Spectra Shield and Gold Shield with its own ballistic designs to produce several TEP products.
Spectra Shield technology is a patented Honeywell process designed to optimize the ballistic performance characteristics of Spectra fibers. Spectra Shield and Gold Shield products are reported to have been widely adopted globally for the most advanced armor applications, from bullet-resistant vests, breast plates, and helmets to combat vehicles and military aircraft–all of which require lightweight solutions and superior performance.
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