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Armour for light tactical vehicles saves weight compared to glass and aramid

DSM Dyneema : 11 August, 2014  (Application Story)
DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fiber, branded as Dyneema, is showcasing innovative vehicle armour. Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology is used in aerospace and naval armour from TenCate Advanced Armour and Rheinmetall Ballistic Protection, respectively.
Armour for light tactical vehicles saves weight compared to glass and aramid
This radical protection addresses three major trends for light tactical interdiction vehicles: new operating environments, increasing weight from electronics and extended fuel supply chains. Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology is claimed to deliver exceptional ballistic performance and the lightest weight and lowest profile for enhanced protection. 
 
“We are spotlighting two major vehicle protection applications to showcase the extreme performance and multiple benefits of Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology,” said Shitij Chabba, Global Business Segment Director, DSM Dyneema. “These epitomise the value of technology for vehicle armour and build on developments in personal protection applications.” 
 
Both TenCate and Rheinmetall selected Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology in the fast-changing operating environments of light tactical vehicles for military, law enforcement and homeland security operations. In general, asymmetrical, unconventional warfare, low-intensity conflicts and homeland security needs have dramatically altered the traditional missions of smaller vehicles requiring enhanced light weight armour protection. Also, they help meet the need for better fuel efficiency, which can reduce operating costs, expand vehicle range and enhance sustainability.
 
In contrast to vehicle armour made from traditional materials such as ceramics, glass, and aramid that can negatively impact speed, agility, range and payload capacity, Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology can reduce weight by up to 25%. 
 
“We are very proud of our new helicopter armour made possible by DSM Dyneema’s technology, expertise and support,” said Steen Tanderup, Managing Director, TenCate. “With DSM Dyneema’s advanced technology and expertise, we were able to pioneer a uniquely lightweight armour for our new anti-piracy protection that does not compromise on protection,” said Onno’t Hart, Managing Director, Rheinmetall Ballistic Protection.  
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