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DSM Dyneema has been selected as the preferred supplier to armor the patrol boats of the newly created Sea Police National System (NEPOM), a division of the Brazilian Federal Police.
This month, the first unit of 11 armored boats will patrol the port of Rio de Janeiro. Additional units will be released between 2006 and 2008.
The use of Dyneema, along with steel plate, was designed by AXIA Blindagens, a Brazilian armor company with molding and armor design capabilities for high level vehicle armor protection. This product combination provides the Brazilian Federal Police with a lightweight solution and high protection against multi-hit impact in the NIJ Level III.
Franco Giaffone, president and senior partner of AXIA Blindagens, said “”We have a wide variety of armor 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. Dyneema¨ is 15 times stronger than steel on a weight per weight basis.
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.””
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