Lighter armor achieved with DSM material

Leading Technology Composites produces a lighter armor solution using Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology.

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As a composite armor industry veteran, Leading Technology Composites (LTC, Wichita, Kan., USA) is no stranger to light weight ballistic armor solutions.  Their latest innovations have yielded the industry’s lightest, most robust armor systems, providing state-of-the-art performance at a significant weight reduction.  Todd Lair, LTC president, comments, “By applying our XPS2 system of advanced  processing to Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology materials from DSM Dyneema we’ve been able to achieve unprecedented levels of performance at significantly lower areal densities."

The XPS2 process requires that a tightly controlled set of processing parameters be maintained during the consolidation process. After consolidation, secondary hot and cold processing further improves the ballistic performance with the final result yielding a tremendous leap forward in performance.  In the initial integration of these systems on vehicle platforms Lair says that customers achieve substantial weight savings on the order of 25-45 percent compared to legacy systems.  Likewise, similar results of 10-20 percent weight savings have been realized on personal protection products such as body armor inserts.

These systems are manufactured using Dyneema's trademarked Force Multiplier Technology. This innovative technology delivers products with a unique combination of exceptional ballistic performance and the lightest weight and lowest profile of any ballistic material currently on the market.

“We are proud that LTC selected our new Force Multiplier Technology platform to create their latest range of industry leading innovative products.” said Shitij Chabba, global segment director, life protection, DSM Dyneema. “Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology is enabling manufacturers to create innovative next-generation designs, increase protection without adding weight, and optimize usability.”

Rick Scheer, LTC senior vice president, says, “We’ve taken the newest and most advanced UHMWPE raw materials and applied our manufacturing expertise to develop this leap forward in performance. ”

In addition to significant reductions in weight, LTC offers the most robust and end-user friendly solutions in the industry.  Scheer adds, “There’s no advantage to having the lightest protection available if the end product is not able to withstand the rigors of daily use and abuse.  We know what it takes for an armor system to survive in a number of different environments.  This knowledge has allowed us to develop innovative mounting systems and patented edge protection that keeps weight to a minimum while ensuring that the installed armor exceeds our customer’s expectations."  LTC has also developed fully buoyant and patented armor systems providing design options not previously available  for watercraft or amphibious vehicles.

Leading Technology Composites  is ISO 9001C / AS9100 certified and has a workforce over 300 skilled technicians and state of the art facilities.