DSM DYNEEMA HIGHLIGHTS REVOLUTIONARY DYNEEMA® FORCE MULTIPLIER TECHNOLOGY

DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fiber, branded as Dyneema®, and world leader in life protection materials and high performance fibers, will be highlighting Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology.

4th Apr 2014


DSM DYNEEMA HIGHLIGHTS REVOLUTIONARY DYNEEMA® FORCE MULTIPLIER TECHNOLOGY FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE LIGHTWEIGHT PROTECTION


Attending DSA 2014, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, DSM Dyneema will focus on its revolutionary solution for soft and hard ballistic armor that enables manufacturers to meet current and future defense demands for enhanced protection and coverage while minimizing weight.

DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fiber, branded as Dyneema®, and world leader in life protection materials and high performance fibers, will be highlighting Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology.

Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology is a new breakthrough innovation platform that 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. Depending on the protection level required for the armor application, it can provide up to 30 percent weight reduction.

“With growing requirements for uncompromising ballistic protection and armor weight reduction in soldier modernization programs worldwide, the industry is looking towards new material technologies that can deliver significant improvements,” said Shitij Chabba, Global Segment Director, Life Protection.

“With Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology, we have eliminated the traditional compromise between higher protection and lower weight, enabling armor manufacturers to create innovative next-generation designs, increase protection without adding weight or bulk, and optimize usability. We strongly believe that this advanced innovation platform will define future standards in life protection, including soldier modernization.”

Meeting South East Asia’s Need for Lighter Life Protection
In recent years, countries throughout the region have shown a growing requirement for higher protection levels against threats such as the SS109 (5.56 x 45mm) or .30 caliber M2 armor piercing ammunition. At the same time, there is a strong need to reduce armor weight in both personal and vehicle protection applications.

Current and future requirements demand for a larger protection area in personal protection gear, covering for instance groin and sides, and the capability to carry equipment with more functionalities. There is also a growing need to adopt higher standards and possible future upgrade towards NIJ .06 standards.

New soldier modernization programs will increasingly require higher protection.

As the weight of the armor will typically increase for both body and vehicle armor applications, a key priority will be to reduce weight and lighten armor.

To meet the region’s demand for enhanced protection, Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology provides top ballistic performance combined with light weight and flexibility for enhanced comfort and agility for both military and law enforcement personnel. Furthermore, it provides greater range, agility and capacity for vehicles, while providing extreme protection against the latest threats.

“Dyneema® is recognized as the material of choice in many defense programs which require higher ballistic protection at a lighter weight. The introduction of Dyneema® Force Mulitplier Technology will enhance the region’s defense sector with a new innovative dimension to meet current and future requirements, and set new ballistic protection standards for the Asia Pacific defense market,” said Nicole Ng, Marketing Manager, Life Protection, Asia Pacific.

“This dramatically different technology is not just the first deliverable from our Radical Innovation platform; it’s also a clear demonstration of our ongoing commitment to saving lives.”

In addition, DSM Dyneema’s new Asia Pacific Technical Center in Singapore is well positioned to support innovative and technical needs of customers throughout the region for lightweight, high-performance composite armor solutions with Dyneema®. The center offers extensive ballistic testing capability for evaluating and validating the performance of personal and vehicle armor concepts and applications made with Dyneema®.
 

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