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Jojo Zerach





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PostPosted: Tue 28 May, 2013 12:34 pm    Post subject: New lightweight, hard ballistic armor         Reply with quote

Has anyone seen this? (About 10 minutes in)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqmFjEQGI9Q

The new "pistol plates" are around 1/4" thick, provide level IIIa protection, and weigh just over a pound for a 10x12 piece.
You could conceivably make a "suit" out of this that would only weigh 20 something pounds.
The material is also thin and hard enough that you could recreate things like articulated joints and rerebrace turning collars with it.
Obviously they aren't going to do that, but I think it's interesting that a lightweight suit of modern hard armor is now possible.
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Dan Howard




Location: Maitland, NSW, Australia
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PostPosted: Tue 28 May, 2013 5:38 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Isn't the DKX armour made from Dyneema? If so then the material has been around for about a decade. It is used in Spectra armour.
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Matthew P. Adams




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PostPosted: Wed 29 May, 2013 9:12 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I wonder what a bec de corbin would do to it? Obviously less force than a bullet, but concentrated in a point that doesn't deform on impact?
"We do not rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training" Archilochus, Greek Soldier, Poet, c. 650 BC
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