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Morgan unveils buoyant lightweight rifle plate for defence
Morgan Advanced Materials - Composites and Defence Systems, leading manufacturer of advanced products using composite materials, has developed a buoyant, lightweight rifle plate insert for military and security personnel.
The lightweight rifle plate is capable of stopping 7.62mm rifle ammunition, yet is still less than 1kg in weight. The new 20mm-thick rifle plate is manufactured from ultra-lightweight, ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene hybrid composite materials, which have been designed by Morgan specifically for the rugged environments in which military and security personnel frequently operate, according to a company press release.
Martyn Cook, business development director of Morgan Composites and Defence Systems said, “Military and security personnel are increasingly facing the threat of high powered hunting or assault rifles. The new plates from Morgan balance multi-shot protection with reduced weight and an ergonomic design which does not hinder movement or weigh the individual down.”
“The plates have been subjected to extensive testing at our in-house ISO 17025 approved test laboratory as well as additional independent proof testing to NIJ 0101.06 at Biokinetics & Associates in Canada in conjunction with NIJ Level II body armour, and provide proven performance against close multi-hit shot spacing, retaining protection even in extreme temperatures,” Cook added.
Morgan Advanced Materials - Composites and Defence Systems has over 40 years of engineering pedigree in the design and manufacture of advanced products using composite materials. The company has over 10,000 employees across 50 countries serving specialist markets in the energy, transport healthcare, electronics, petrochemical, and industrial sectors. (GK)