31 October 2010
31 October 2010
Honeywell has expanded its Spectra Shield II line of ballistic materials for hard armor applications, including breast plates, helmets and vehicles.
Honeywell say that the new products, Spectra Shield II SR 3136 and SR 3137, absorb 2 to 6 times more energy than earlier-generation Spectra Shield hard armour products, reduce impact trauma by 10 percent, and have improved ballistic performance at high temperatures.
""Honeywell's new Spectra Shield II ballistic products demonstrate our focus on developing tougher, lighter weight ballistic materials that can protect against increasingly lethal threats to military and law enforcement personnel,"" said Phil Wojcik, global business director for Honeywell's Advanced Fibers and Composites business. ""This is another example of Honeywell's commitment to developing advanced materials to help protect men and women who serve in militaries and law enforcement agencies around the world.""
Spectra Shield II is a composite material that incorporates Honeywell's Spectra fibre, a patented Honeywell process designed to optimize the ballistic performance characteristics of Spectra, as well as aramid, fibre.
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