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Protech Introduces Dyneema Protective Helmets to US Market

31 October 2008

Protech Armored Products is marketing protective helmets made with Dyneema HB26 unidirectional (UD) composite in the United States.

The Denver Police Department in Colorado is the first U.S. organization to adopt the new Protech Delta LT helmets. This model meets National Institute of Justice (NIJ) IIIA specifications and is 15 percent lighter in weight than comparable 100 percent aramid helmets. The Denver Police Department's selection of Protech helmets reflects the growing demand for Dyneema UD in life protection materials. Additional capacity in both yarn and UD (unidirectional) material used in personal and vehicle protection has been brought on stream at its Greenville, North Carolina, facility. DSM Dyneema is on target to double global capacity for UD in 2009, as part of a USD 450 million investment announced earlier.

Dyneema HB26 composite is based on ultra high molecular weight Dyneema polyethylene fibre, and provides protection against handgun fragments and rifle threats at low weights in both personal and vehicle hard ballistic armour applications

This is the first commercial use of Dyneema HB26 composite in a ballistic helmet in the U.S. Dyneema UD allowed BAE Protech Armored Products to create a law enforcement helmet meeting NIJ specifications and achieving a 15 percent weight reduction for greater comfort and mobility. According to DSM, although these helmets are significantly lighter, they show a reduced back-face signature when compared to previous 100 percent aramid models.

Dyneema UD is made of several layers of Dyneema fibres, with the direction of fibres in each layer placed perpendicular to those in the adjacent layers.

“DSM Dyneema continues to make significant investments in the development of exceptionally strong, lightweight materials for a new generation of ballistic threats,” said Ken Dooley, Sr. Vice President for DSM Dyneema Life Protection Americas. “We are focused on developing partnerships with customers such as BAE Systems to jointly design protective gear that can better serve law enforcement, the military and other sectors. We believe the new Protech Delta LT helmets made with Dyneema HB26 will help the Denver Police to more effectively and safely serve the Denver community.”