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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...

January 1, 2008   Canadian Plastics



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.

DSM Dyneema (Geleen, The Netherlands); www.dyneema.com; +31 46 4767989


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