Antiballistic composite line upgraded

Honeywell has added new ballistic materials to its Spectra Shield II line that offer further weight reduction, greater ballistic performance and improved safety in soft armor applications.

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Honeywell (Morris Township, N.J., USA) has added new ballistic materials to its Spectra Shield II line that offer further weight reduction, greater ballistic performance, and improved safety in soft armor applications, including military and law enforcement vests. Spectra Shield II SA 4144 offers a 25 percent improvement in ballistic performance compared with the first generation of Spectra Shield products, helping keep military and law enforcement personnel safer against a variety of threats, including military-grade pistol rounds and fragments. The material can also reduce the weight of personal armor systems by as much as 30 percent. The material meets the NIJ .06 ballistic vest certification standard set by the National Institute of Justice, the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. Spectra fiber, which Honeywell says is 15 times stronger than steel pound-for-pound, is made from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) using a patented gel-spinning process. It offers up to 60 percent greater strength than aramid fiber, Honeywell reports.

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