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To obtain the optimum combination of fragment-stopping performance and light weight, the Republic of Korea has selected protective helmets featuring Dyneema HB26 material for its army.
According to DSM, the 24,000 helmets, manufactured by Samyang Comtech in Seoul, offer up to 20 percent weight savings compared to conventional aramid helmets, together with a higher ballistics performance when using the v50 test. This significant program is a volume milestone for Dyneema HB26 in a helmet application, and demonstrates the acceptance of the material based on its fitness for use in helmets.
To support growing demand for its ballistics protection materials, as evidenced by the South Korean Army’s large order, DSM Dyneema is on plan to significantly boost capacity for Dyneema UD (unidirectional) composites used in life protection. Additional capacity in both yarn and UD (unidirectional) material 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. “With additional production capacity for our industry-leading Dyneema HB26 composite coming on line, we will be even better equipped to support development and manufacturing of the best military and law enforcement protection,” said Josse Kunst, Vice President Life Protection APAC at DSM Dyneema. “
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