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DSM Dyneema Awarded Armour Protection Contract

16 October 2007

Composix, the US manufacturer of vehicle armour, has selected Dyneema HB26 to fulfil an order from a major US Department of Defense contractor for a high-end armour system.

Dyneema HB26 unidirectional (UD) bullet-resistant composite offers a combination of light weight for enhanced vehicle mobility, manoeuvrability, and ballistic performance versus new, and emerging unconventional threats such as IEDs and EFPs. Composix will produce hard ballistic armour panels with Dyneema for about 1000 vehicles.

Dyneema HB26 is a construction of several layers, with the direction of fibres in each layer placed at 90° to the direction of the fibres in the adjacent layers.

“The continuing evolution of threats to military vehicles is a constant challenge for armour manufacturers,” said Larry Dickson, CEO for Composix Co. “The high stopping power of Dyneema Hard Ballistic Solutions, combined with the manufacturing capability of Composix, enabled us to meet extremely stringent criteria of the US military. In Dyneema we find the attributes to manufacture a system that is effective for defeating the full range of threats.”

“The specific targeting of Dyneema UD for use in high end armour for the US military is a milestone contract as it attests to the overall excellence of our material in protecting the occupants of vehicles in harm’s way,” said David Cordova, Vice President New Business Development Life Protection Americas DSM Dyneema. “We are pleased that lightweight, tough Dyneema HB26 is playing a key role in safeguarding US troops and their vehicles, while enhancing their ability to move quickly and easily in a variety of terrain. As the threats in combat continue to increase, and vehicle armour weight continues to grow, the use of Dyneema provides the breakthrough required in “spiral” armour protection”






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