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KDH Defense Systems Chooses Honeywell Materials For Products Designed For US Military Protection System

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Spectra Shield® and Gold Shield® help military achieve goals for reducing soldiers’ body armor weight

MORRIS PLAINS, N.J., Oct. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that KDH Defense Systems will use Spectra Shield® and Gold Shield® ballistic composite materials to create new soft armor vest systems as part of the U.S. Army’s next-generation Soldier Protection System (SPS).

Reducing body armor weight is a key goal for the Army. The SPS is a modular, scalable and tailorable system designed to provide an overall weight reduction of 10 percent. It is comprised of five subsystems, one of which is the Torso and Extremity Protection (TEP) subsystem that aims to achieve a 26 percent weight reduction. KDH Defense Systems will incorporate Spectra Shield and Gold Shield with its own ballistic designs to produce several TEP products.

“The key to reducing body armor weight is combining state-of-the-art ballistic designs like KDH Modular Scalable Vests with next-generation materials like Honeywell Shield,” said Dave Herbener, president and CEO, KDH Defense Systems. “We are committed to leveraging the most innovative technologies to help protect the brave men and women serving in the U.S. military.”

Short Bark Industries is also using Spectra Shield to create Ballistic Combat Shirts (BCS) for the SPS TEP system. The company specializes in soft armor, tactical wear, gear and accessories for the military, governmental agencies and law enforcement.

“Honeywell Spectra Shield is a key material to create armor that meets the military’s rigorous requirements for weight, mobility, flexibility and protection,” said Lisa Held Janke, president and CEO, Short Bark Industries, LLC. “Our team works tirelessly to develop solutions that help protect soldiers from the ballistic threats they face in combat.”

Armor made with Honeywell’s Spectra Shield and Gold Shield products were chosen by soldiers after a U.S. Military Human Factors Evaluation. These armor systems demonstrated improved mobility and flexibility, in addition to reduced weight, compared to systems predominantly made with woven aramid.

“The next generation of soft body armor uses Spectra fiber instead of aramid fiber for optimal performance and protection,” said Lin Murray, armor program manager for military and law enforcement at Honeywell Packaging and Composites. “Our collaboration with innovative companies like KDH Defense Systems and Short Bark Industries ensures that the U.S. military and law enforcement have the most advanced ballistic protection available.”

Spectra Shield technology is a patented Honeywell process designed to optimize the ballistic performance characteristics of Spectra fibers. Spectra Shield and Gold Shield products have been widely adopted and proven 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 maintains an active Spectra fiber and ballistic materials research program focused on continuous improvement and development of high-performance materials. For more information, visit

AUSA – Revision Military / Milliken

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Revision Military has developed an interesting thermal signature management shroud using the Milliken Conceal fabric.

It uses a magnetic interface to keep it in place around eyepro. They’ve also created internal standoff around the nose and mouth to suppress hot spots created from exhalation.

AUSA – WL Gore & Assoc Announces Name For Flexible Membrane

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

The WL Gore flexible membrane material formerly known in development as ‘Topo’ has officially been named FLEX2FIT.

In addition to jackets for the American tactical market by Beyond and Outdoor Research, WL Gore has also launched the material in Asia for consumer products and Europe for the LE market. FLEX2FIT is 25% more breathable than the membrane used in USSOCOM’s PCU Level 6 and reduces the accumulation of sweat thanks to the garment’s stretchable form fitting construction.

MDM – National Molding “The Bead”

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

National Molding offers The Bead, an IR compliant, textured, stackable, pull which can be used to finish zippers, drawcords, etc. The Bead’s interior offers room to conceal a knot. It’s available in Black, Coyote Brown, Ranger Green and the ever popular, Tan 499.

Contact for more info.

Sneak Peek – TYR Anorak in Neoshell

Monday, September 26th, 2016

The Huron Anorak is currently made from a four-way stretch softshell material. TYR has made a few prototypes of their Anorak in Polartec’s waterproof/breathable Neoshell fabric. It’s got a little bit of mechanical stretch to it, but it’s lightweight, packs well, and is highly breathable. They say they’ll release a production version in Spring 17. Looking forward to it.

MMI Textiles Receives ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

MMI Textiles is proud to announce that they are officially ISO 9001:2015 certified.

After an important process, MMI was able to receive the certification. This is a testament to the service, integrity and quality that MMI presents to all individuals who work with them.

Because of this this ISO certification, you can be sure that when working with MMI Textiles, Inc. that you are receiving the highest quality service.

With any questions or comments, please reach out to us at 440-899-8050 or

Capewell Aerial Systems’ new Double-Lok Rescue Hook doubles both safety and visibility

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Meadows of Dan, VA—September 12, 2016 Capewell Aerial Systems (CAS), a world leader in aviation safety products and a top-tier manufacturer of helicopter rescue hooks has introduced a fail-safe locking rescue hook. The Double-Lok Hook is designed to prevent accidental opening which can lead to “rollouts” resulting in load loss. In addition, CAS’ Double-Lok hook is available in Hi-Viz yellow to increase visibility in all weather conditions and under water. 

The Double-Lok feature is engineered for ease of use. The two lock safety gate is intuitive and can be operated easily with one hand even with gloves on. The hook body is forged from 17.4 PH, heat-treated stainless steel and is rated with a working load of 3,000 pounds. The Double-Lok hook is available in either a satin stainless steel finish or a powder-coated high-visibility yellow finish with contrasting orange lock release. In tests, the new neon paint scheme was greatly preferred by search & rescue professionals who often operate in high stress conditions where spatial and situational awareness is critical.

Capewell Business Line Manager, Butch Flythe, himself a retired USCG Master Chief Petty Officer and rescue swimmer states, “Capewell has always made the best rescue hooks, and the new Double-Lok Hook puts us even farther ahead. It’s a step up by having more options and increased visibility.” Feedback on the new Hi-Viz paint scheme has been so positive that CAS has decided to make it available for their entire line of hooks including the “Slide-Lok” and “Auto-Lok” models. Capewell Aerial Systems is now accepting orders for the new Double-Lok hook and will begin shipping to customers during the fourth quarter of 2016.

MMI Textiles Announces MultiCam Woven Loop

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

9/8/2016 — As a part of their new printed narrow fabrics line, MMI Textiles, Inc. is now offering printed loop in both MultiCam® and OCP. MMI is responding to a need within the industry for printed loop and now after approval, the product is available for sale. It is the only printed woven loop that is made to A-A-55126 available in the market, and has excellent quality and resolution.

It’s just one of the many products within their new line. After announcing a partnership with Mikan Printing in May, the company rolled out a line of printed webbing, binding tape, loop, elastic, and zipper. Most of these are currently in stock in MultiCam® pattern, with MultiCam® Alpine®, Arid, Black and Tropic patterns being developed in the coming weeks. OCP is being printed on various materials as needed and by government contract only. Samples are available from MMI by request.

These materials are 100% Berry Compliant and created with patent-pending technology that gives the usual “white-edge” much more of a concealed appearance.

This news illustrates MMI’s on-going commitment to serve the military and tactical industries. For any inquiries or interest in samples, call MMI at 440-899-8050 or email them at

MultiCam® is a registered trademark of Crye Precision