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Increasing security concerns, constantly developing threat scenarios, rising military expenditures, and demand for lightweight, efficient and effective armour solutions are expected to drive the global armour materials market. Military and law enforcement personnel require lightweight, high performance, and affordable body armours that may ensure high levels of protection in a variety of circumstances, including extreme scenarios. Vehicles, ships and aircraft also need to be safeguarded from attacks. This need for continual development and modernization of protective equipment is expected to drive the market. The body armor segment is expected to be a major driver. North America, Europe and Asia are projected to be key markets.
Several leading companies offer advanced solutions for armour applications. For example, in 2021, Fratelli Citterio introduced an advanced, lightweight and strong ballistic material – STG24 – which the company also patented. Ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) UD has made the materials market more crowded. While it delivers superior performance in terms of V50, most solutions have exhibited weakness in terms of distortion and tumbling resistance. Thus, the company employs a trauma reduction material combined with conventional UD, which increases area-based density and stiffness of the ballistic package. STG24 provides outstanding trauma reduction in addition to very good V50, reducing the need to incorporate stiff materials. Owing to its unique structure, STG24 also allows very consistent tumbling resistance. The solution is primarily employed in soft armour production.
Royal DSM offers a renowned ballistic material Dyneema® - a composite unidirectional laminate providing outstanding energy absorption and superior protection. The solution is also lightweight.
Honeywell offers materials such as Spectra Shield® (a complex material usually employed in body armour and armed vehicles), Gold Flex® (a non-woven material generally employed in ballistic vests and body armour), and Gold Shield® (a material usually used in soft body armour for military and police) used in armour applications. In 2021, Honeywell introduced Gold Shield® MT - a novel, high-performing ballistic composite material offering advanced protection from multiple threats including blades and spikes; the solution also offered bullet-stopping abilities and regulated backface deformation in ballistic protective vests.
Teijin produces Twaron® and Endumax® used in ballistic vests and hard armour solutions respectively.
The technologies used in body armour may also be employed in military ground vehicles and aircraft. DuPont™ Kevlar® technology is used to develop robust, lightweight, and flame and heat resistant armour systems and spall protection for ships, vehicles, airplanes and helicopters. Saint-Gobain Performance Ceramics & Refractories offers sophisticated ceramic protection materials for protection of vehicles and aircraft.
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