Marines, soldiers fast roping from V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft count on high-strength, lightweight Spectra used in Novabraid
Fast RopeMORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., Sept. 24, 2009 Honeywell
announced today that rope using its super-strength, lightweight Spectra
fiber is being used by the U.S. military in fast rope insertion operations.Spectra fiber is a key component of Novabraid
Fast Rope, ahigh-performance rope made by Canada-based Novatec Braids Ltd. and currentlybeing used on the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. Military personnel use therope to safely and quickly descend from the aircraft. Spectra fiber allows therope to maintain the 30,000 pound tensile strength needed to maintain safeoperations."Spectra's strength and vibration-dampening properties, as well its lowstretch and cut resistance, made it the key element in our compositeconstruction for Novabraid Fast Ropes," said A. Neal Prescott, ManagingDirector of Novatec, a leader in the manufacture of ultra-high-strength braidedropes designed for military, marine, industrial and recreationalapplications.The new Novabraid Fast Rope containing Spectra fiber hangs under the aircraftand is designed to remain still so military personnel can descend safely withfully loaded packs from as high as 90 feet. The rope measures only 1.75 inchesin diameter."Honeywell's Spectra fiber is strong enough to help Novatec's rope meetcritical strength and safety standards and help U.S. military personnelsuccessfully conduct critical insertion missions," said Phil Wojcik, globalbusiness director for Honeywell's Advanced Fibers and Composites business."This is another great example of how our Spectra fiber can help solvetough problems in the most demanding conditions."Spectra fiber has been used in military applications for more than 20 years.The material provides lightweight bullet resistance in personal armor includingvests, breastplates and helmets, as well as in armor for vehicles and aircraft.Armor containing Spectra currently protects soldiers around the world in combatsituations, including Iraq and Afghanistan. It has also been used in the U.S.Navy's mooring ropes.In addition, Spectra fiber has a variety of industrial and recreationalapplications, including hurricane-resistant panels for windows and doors,lifting slings for deepwater recovery operations, security netting and fishingline.Pound for pound, Spectra fiber is 15 times stronger than steel and is one ofthe world's strongest and lightest fibers. It is made from ultra-high molecularweight polyethylene using a patented gel-spinning process. Spectra is highlyresistant to chemicals, water, and ultraviolet light, and has excellentvibration damping, flex fatigue and internal fiber-frictioncharacteristics.For more information, visit
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