Dyneema composite protects combat vehicles
Although the word "armour" may conjure images of clunky metal suits at a museum, today's manufacturers are finding new and innovative ways to protect individuals and vehicles from threats in the field...
Although the word “armour” may conjure images of clunky metal suits at a museum, today’s manufacturers are finding new and innovative ways to protect individuals and vehicles from threats in the field.
Newark, Ohio-based Composix Co., a leading manufacturer of vehicle armour, recently announced that it will use Dyneema HB26 to fulfill a major U.S. Department of Defense contractor for a high-end armour system.
The company will produce hard ballistic armour panels with Dyneema for about 1,000 combat vehicles.
Dyneema HB26 is a unidirectional (UD) composite made of several layers of Dyneema polyethylene fibers. According to the company, the unidirectional configuration allows the energy transferred from the impact of a bullet or other threat to be distributed along the fibers much faster and more efficiently than conventionally woven fabrics.
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