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Point Blank develops lightest soft armour from Dyneema
Producer of armour systems, Point Blank Enterprises has used Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology to develop the core ballistics package for the SPCS to create the lightest soft armour system ever to be fielded to the US Army.
According to Point Blank, the lighter weight ballistics package meets the army’s requirement for the SPCS to provide protection equal to the current Improved Outer Tactical Vest (IOTV), but in a standalone capacity that reduces the soldier’s load and provides optimum mobility.
“Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology helps armour manufacturers achieve the goal of combining the best protective performance with the lightest possible weight,” said Shitij Chabba, global segment director, Life Protection, DSM Dyneema.
He added, “We are very pleased that our latest material innovation has achieved qualification for an advanced program like SPCS that must meet modern mission requirements.”
Built on its Radical Innovation Platform and manufactured in Greenville, N.C., Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology combines breakthroughs in polymer science, next-generation UHMwPE fibre technology and unique uni-directional engineering.
“Compared to body armour made from traditional materials such as aramid, protective vests engineered with Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology can reduce weight by up to 30 per cent, while enhancing comfort and agility with fewer layers of material,” DSM producer of Dyneema explained.
“Current and near-term predicted threats dictate that service personnel exhibit greater flexibility than ever before and an ability to respond quickly and decisively to changing conditions,” said Sam White, executive vice president, Point Blank Enterprises.
“The combination of our cutting-edge ballistics package design and DSM Dyneema’s breakthrough Dyneema Force Multiplier has resulted in an unmatched ability to accomplish the critical objectives of SPCS specifications, all while delivering the lightest and highest-performing protection,” he added.
Dyneema is known and respected as a premium brand for Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMwPE), and DSM manufactures and sell products in several forms including fibre, tape and uni-directional (UD) sheets. (AR)