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Point Blank Enterprises Uses DSM Dyneema for US Army Gen II Soldier Plate Carrier System

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

DYNEEMA FORCE MULTIPLIER TECHNOLOGY MEETS CHALLENGE OF PROVIDING NEXT GENERATION PROTECTION FOR U.S. ARMY

Point Blank Enterprises uses DSM Dyneema material innovation to develop Generation II Soldier Plate Carrier System armor designed to maximize mobility and provide superior protection

Stanley, N.C., Dec. 16, 2014 – DSM Dyneema, the manufacturer of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fiber, branded as Dyneema, and a world leader in life protection materials and high performance fibers, announced today that the U.S. Army has chosen a new body armor system that incorporates Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology to deliver unparalleled ballistics protection combined with unprecedented weight reduction.

Point Blank Enterprises, the worldwide leader in the production of soft body armor, designed the advanced ballistics package incorporated in the new system – the Generation II Soldier Plate Carrier System (SPCS).

Using revolutionary Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology, Point Blank developed the core ballistics package for the SPCS to create the lightest soft armor system ever to be fielded to the U.S. Army. The lighter weight ballistics package meets the Army’s requirement for the SPCS to provide protection equal to the current Improved Outer Tactical Vest (IOTV), but in a standalone capacity that reduces the soldier’s load and provides optimum mobility.

“Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology helps armor manufacturers achieve the goal of combining the best protective performance with the lightest possible weight,” said Shitij Chabba, Global Segment Director, Life Protection, DSM Dyneema. “We are very pleased that our latest material innovation has achieved qualification for an advanced program like SPCS that must meet modern mission requirements.”

Built on the company’s Radical Innovation Platform and manufactured in Greenville, N.C., Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology combines breakthroughs in polymer science, next-generation UHMwPE fiber technology and unique uni-directional engineering. Compared to body armor made from traditional materials such as aramid, protective vests engineered with Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology can reduce weight by up to 30 percent, while enhancing comfort and agility with fewer layers of material.

“Current and near-term predicted threats dictate that service personnel exhibit greater flexibility than ever before and an ability to respond quickly and decisively to changing conditions,” said Sam White, Executive Vice President, Point Blank Enterprises. “The combination of our cutting-edge ballistics package design and DSM Dyneema’s breakthrough Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology has resulted in an unmatched ability to accomplish the critical objectives of SPCS specifications, all while delivering the lightest and highest-performing protection. We’re honored to partner with DSM Dyneema to bring this game-changing system to our service men and women, and remain committed to protecting those who risk their lives every day to safeguard ours.”

www.dyneema.com

www.pointblankenterprises.com

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Overlap Cummerbund

Friday, December 12th, 2014

For this week’s FirstSpear Friday, we take a look at a brand new product: the Overlap Cummerbund.

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Developed at the request of a FS Professional User, the Overlap Cummerbund is designed to provide additional overlapping soft armor at the front side of the plate carrier where the Tubes closure system meets. The additional soft armor tucks in behind the Tubes allowing full opening and closing of the vest.

The Overlap Cummerbund has been modified so that the body side allows for the attachment of Ragnar Pockets. This means that magazines and other items can be held in close to the body, providing a more streamlined silhouette, a benefit to users who are working in or from a vehicle, conducting tubular assaults, or who simply wish to carry more magazines than a traditional front loading carrier would allow.

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Main Features:

  • Soft armor inserts extend behind the tube and overlap the body of the plate carrier, while still allowing full functionality of the Tube system.
  • Body side of cummerbund now has loop allowing you to attach pockets from the Ragnar Pocket Suite (our full Velcro backed pockets)
  • The back bungee cord has been replaced with Velcro and stretch material.
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    The Overlap Cummerbund is going to be offered immediately as an upgrade to existing FirstSpear carriers, such as the Strandhögg, and will offered in limited colors and quantities.

    www.first-spear.com/home.php

    Saab Barracuda – Soft Armor System

    Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

    Saab Group based in Sweden has developed a Modular Soft Armor protection system. It is modular in that it consists of hollow panels which can easily be joined together with standard tools before being filled with the anti-ballistic ceramic cores. These panels can also easily be integrated into any new military or civilian vehicles and infrastructure, or existing vehicles and infrastructure. The system weighs only 180 kg/m² with a thickness of 120 mm which can be compared to concrete at 500 kg/m² and RHA at 200 kg/m². Perhaps most importantly, it has been tested to offer ballistic protection of up to NATO 7.62 AP ammo, STANAG level III.

    www.saabgroup.com

    Thanks to ‘Jim’ for the tip!

    FirstSpear Offering Carrier + Ballistic Plate Sets

    Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

    Due to recent demand for armor carriers complete with plates, FirstSpear has launched a new Military/Law Enforcement-only section that currently features First On and Strandhögg armored carriers paired with FirstSpear Ballistic Plates.

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    I am a big fan of the First On which was developed as a low cost carrier for Active Shooter Response. These days, every law enforcement officer wears soft armor. The First On carries your hard plates as well as rudimentary gear such as ammunition and first aid items. During an Active shooter call or when entering a known hostile environment the First On can be rapidly thrown over your duty soft armor. It incorporates FS TUBES as closures which facilitate rapid donning and doffing. Finally, the First On features Velcro fields for identification.

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    The new First Ons are currently available in Black and Coyote. By popular demand, FS is now offering the First On with a Med Pouch and your choice of a FirstSpear standalone Level III or IV ballistic plates (set of two).

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    For those looking for a more feature rich carrier, I’d suggest you check out the Strandhögg which incorporates comfort padding and 6/12 mounting technology. It is compatible with both legacy MOLLE pouches as well as the FS line of 6/12 pouches which allows you to have more control of load configuration. Strandhöggs are available in Black, Coyote, Ranger Green, and Multicam.

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    FirstSpear Ballistic Plate Offerings with First On and Strandhögg

    Blitz: Level IV Standalone – NIJ Standard 0101.06
    - light AP protection (5.56x45mm-M855)
    - advanced ceramic/composite design
    - multi shot rated
    -9lbs per plate

    Patrol: Level III Standalone – NIJ Standard 0101.06
    -100% polyethylene
    -Neutrally buoyant
    -multi shot rated
    -3.5lbs

    Available immediately to Government, Law Enforcement, and Military only.

    www.first-spear.com

    PowerArmor Solar Panels From IDG Europe Are First To Provide Ballistic Protection, With Dyneema High Strength Fibers

    Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

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    The Netherlands, 17 November 2014 - A new solar panel system for Defense Forces provides ballistic protection and is lighter and more portable than systems currently available. The PowerArmor™ unit from IDG Europe has low-reflectance solar panels protected by an anti-ballistic surface made in an exceptionally strong unidirectional fiber-reinforced composite.

    The composite is based on an ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fiber (UHMWPE) produced by DSM Dyneema and branded as Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber™. It replaces the aluminum normally used for portable solar panels, which provides no ballistic protection. IDG says this is the first time that solar panels have been given such a high level of ballistic protection. Panels made in Dyneema® also weigh around 20% less than aluminum panels of the same thickness.

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    DSM Dyneema and IDG Europe cooperated closely 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.

    IDG Europe says that the switch from aluminum for the general-purpose stand-alone solar panels also meets calls from the market for lightweight units with high environmental resistance.

    “As Defense Forces continue to carry more and more electronic systems into dangerous, inhospitable and isolated places, the need to keep portable electronic devices operable at all times in hostile environments is essential,” says Göran Johnson, CEO at IDG Europe. “With PowerArmor™, we think that we have a winning combination of solar panels that supply power and provide protection. We believe its chances are very good, especially as the two individual products were already being independently considered—and in some cases used in practice—by various Special Forces around the world.”

    “Dyneema® offers the lightest armor protection materials in the market,” says David Cordova, Vice President Business Development for DSM Dyneema – Life Protection. “The combination of Dyneema® with the innovative low-glare IDG solar panels provides a unique value proposition to military personnel.”

    IDG Europe introduced the PowerArmor™ concept at IESMA 2014, the conference and exhibition on Innovative Energy Solutions for Military Applications that took place in Vilnius, Lithuania, on November 12-14. IEASMA 2014 is organized by the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence, and the DELTA State Military Scientific Technical Center of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia.

    www.dyneema.com/americas

    Victory Tactical Gear Banshee Soft Armor Package Now Available Through Black Ops Shop

    Friday, November 14th, 2014

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    Victory Tactical Gear has developed a Soft Armor Package for Shellback Tactical’s popular Banshee Plate Carrier, which is now being offered by Black Ops Shop. The VTG IIIA Banshee soft armor system is certified to NIJ 06 standards for both ballistic and edged blade threats. Designed specifically for the Banshee, the system can be used stand-alone, or as plate backers for ESAPI/SAPI hard armor. The material composition is Brookwood 200D with laminated polyurethane, with a Sonobond Ultrasonic Bond protective seal.

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    Available in 3 different packages:

  • Complete System – Torso and Cummerbund Inserts
  • Torso package
  • Cummerbund inserts
  • www.blackopsshop.com/products/banshee-iiia-soft-armor-inserts-package-by-victory-tactical-gear

    Beez Combat Systems – SPT Special Pistol Threat Low Profile Plate Carrier

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

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    Beez Combat Systems’ SPT Low Profile Plate Carrier is made from 500D Cordura nylon, and is designed for use with the new Special Pistol Threat plates currently available on the market. It features reduced signature shoulder straps, as well as optional front and rear cummerbund flaps. The SPT Plate Carrier can also support most 10×12 AR500 steel plates, making it, according to Beez, the lowest profile plate carrier for steel currently available on the market.

    Available in the following colorways: Black, Coyote, Khaki, MultiCam, Olive Drab, and Ranger Green.

    www.beezcombatsystems.com/SPT-Special-Pistol-Threat-Low-Profile-Carrier-BCS-SPT-LPC.htm

    Velocity Systems Scarab Light in Action with HTC

    Thursday, October 30th, 2014

    High Threat Concealment recently put the Velocity Systems Scarab Light through its paces.

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    Reports are it was great and worked well with the HTC belt rig.

    AUSA – Sneak Peek – Mystery Ranch MR PC

    Monday, October 13th, 2014

    This is the first public look at the MR PC. It’s releasable and uses the already existing BASE frame (Body Armor Support Equipment).

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    Look for more details soon.

    www.MysteryRanch.com

    Tactical-Life.com – 12 Top Bulletproof Body Armor For LEOs And Military

    Friday, October 10th, 2014

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    Tactical-Life.com has compiled a list of 12 individual plate carriers and tactical vests for use with Law Enforcement and Military, from manufacturers such as SKD Tactical and TYR Tactical.

    You can read the full article at www.tactical-life.com/gear/12-top-bulletproof-body-armor-for-leos-and-military/5