As armed conflict escalates around the world, military and law enforcement need body armor that is light, yet provides full protection against high-energy threats such as ballistics.
DFNDR Armor, a leading engineer of U.S.-made advanced body armor systems, is using Honeywell Spectra Shield® ballistic composite materials to create one of the lightest, most high-protection lines of body armor plates available today. These days, it is critical that body armor be lightweight enough to reduce user fatigue compared to heavier plates made from steel or ceramic.
The company will also use Spectra fiber-based materials exclusively in all R&D of next-generation body armor technology for use by the U.S. military, law enforcement and civilians.
“Our research and development team is focused on creating state-of-the-art body armor. To that end, we exclusively use Honeywell Spectra because it allows us to meet our customer’s needs for protection, light weight and mobility,” said Dave Fernandez, CEO of DFNDR Armor. “There are increased levels of safety measures that are now being implemented to protect law enforcement officers and first responders and our products feature breakthrough innovations that offer the best possible personal protection.”
Spectra Shield materials used in the new armor are made with Advanced Dynamic Deflection technology, which redirects the energy of a projectile away from the body upon impact. When utilized in breast plates, this technology reduces trauma on the body, allowing for faster recovery, improved mobility and increased survivability.
Spectra Shield products have been widely adopted for the most advanced armor applications globally, from bullet-resistant vests, breast plates and helmets to combat vehicles and military aircraft—all of which require lightweight solutions and superior performance.
“Honeywell Spectra is consistently chosen by the most innovative companies in the U.S. armor industry for next-generation military and law enforcement use,” said Tim Swinger, business director for armor at Honeywell Packaging and Composites.
Spectra fiber is made from ultra-high, molecular-weight polyethylene. Pound for pound, it is 15 times stronger than steel but is light enough to float. Spectra fiber is used to create Spectra Shield, an advanced ballistic-resistant material.