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DSM Dyneema Fibre Provides Armour for Brazilian Police Patrol Boats

30 September 2005

DSM Dyneema is to supply the armour for patrol boats of the newly created Sea Police National System (NEPOM), a division of the Brazilian Federal Police.

To date, the first unit of 11 armoured boats is patrolling the port of Rio de Janeiro with additional units being released between 2006 and 2008.

The use of Dyneema, along with a steel plate, was designed by AXIA Blindagens, a Brazilian armour company with moulding and armour design capabilities for high level vehicle armour protection. DSM Syneema suggested that this product combination provides the Brazilian Federal Police with a lightweight solution and high protection against multi-hit impact in the NIJ Level 3.

Dyneema is regarded by DSM Dyneema to be the world’s strongest fibre. The polyethylene fibre is claimed to offer maximum strength combined with minimum weight with the fibre providing up to 15 times more strength than quality steel and up to 40% stronger than aramid fibres, both on weight for weight basis.

Franco Giaffone, president and senior partner of AXIA Blindagens, said “We have a wide variety of armour options, but the tough environment that these patrol boats will face brought us to select the best material both from the ballistic viewpoint and the excellent resistance against salt water and UV light.”

The new patrol boats, built on a Spirit Ferretti frame, will most likely face high power rifle ammunition threats such as 5.56 and AK 47 ammunitions. DSM Dyneema’s UD consists of a UniDirectional cross ply composite that provides a superior ballistic performance at the lowest weight/areal density achievable today.

DSM Dyneema’s Vice President Life Protection Americas, David Cordova comments, “DSM Dyneema relies on close collaboration through the entire value chain and provides unique innovations to meet the customer and environmental resistance expectations.”

From Oct. 3 – 5, DSM Dyneema is exhibiting in booth 1453 at the Association of the United States Army’s (AUSA) 2005 Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington, DC.