Body armor with Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology can serve as an equalizer for female soldiers.
DSM Dyneema, the Dutch manufacturer of the ultra high molecular weight polyethylene fiber Dyneema, displayed a concept vest envisioned for women at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting & Exposition, Oct. 13-15, in Washington D.C.
Application specialists developed the idea for the female concept vest to show armor manufacturers the potential of the Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology material to enable groundbreaking innovations for next-generation armor designs.
Among the most prevalent recent concerns voiced by military leaders and civilian stakeholders is the need to address the unique challenges faced by servicewomen tasked with an increasing variety of roles. Body armor incorporating Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology can serve as an equalizer for female soldiers and can support the U.S. Army’s Soldier 2020 initiative, which focuses on expanding the role of women in the military.
Compared to body armor made from traditional materials such as Aramid, protective vests engineered with Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology can reduce weight by up to 30 percent, while enhancing a soldier’s comfort and agility with fewer layers of material and increased flexibility. The technology is also used in inserts, helmets, extremity protection, and in hard armor for helicopters, patrol boats and land vehicles. The innovative material is produced at DSM Dyneema’s Greenville, N.C., manufacturing facility.
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