PowerArmor™ unit first to provide ballistic protection.
A new solar panel system for Defense Forces-the PowerArmor unit from IDG Europe, Lidingo, Sweden-is lighter and more portable than systems currently available, also offering ballistic protection.
The unit is based on Dyneema®, the ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fiber (UHMWPE) produced by Netherlands-based DSM Dyneema, and branded as the world’s strongest fiber™. It replaces the aluminum normally used for portable solar panels, which provides no ballistic protection.
The companies worked together in IDG’s development of the dual-purpose system, intended to power electrical and electronic equipment used by armed forces in the field. The combination of ultra-light, low profile (anti-glare) solar panels and anti-ballistic panels with Dyneema results in a system capable of providing energy and protection ranging from fragmentation to high-power rifle ammunition.