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Honeywell's Composite to Armour Sea Knight Helicopters

18 November 2005

Honeywell’s Spectra Shield composite material is being used to armour 164 U.S. Marine Corps Sea Knight helicopters.

ArmorWorks, a provider of armour technology for U.S. military applications and companies worldwide, is using the material in Light Weight Armor Replacement System (LWARS) kits for the helicopters, which are used by the Marine Corps to provide all-weather, day-or-night transport.

"Spectra Shield composite is ideal for this vehicle armouring due to its excellent overall performance," said Bill Perciballi, president and founder of ArmorWorks. "It boasts outstanding impact resistance, complements other ballistic materials, and easily conforms to the irregular contours of both small and large vehicles."

"ArmorWorks is among the leaders in designing cutting-edge, proven specialty armouring for military and high-performance applications," said Anne C. Cook, segment leader for Honeywell's Advanced Fibers and Composites business. "Spectra Shield has answered the call for a wide range of anti- ballistic applications due its inherent strength, durability and lightweight properties."

Spectra Shield is a composite material made with Honeywell's Spectra fiber, which has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any synthetic fibre.






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