High Performance Ballistic Protection Material for Personal Protection
At Milipol 2021 in Paris this week, Honeywell has introduced GOLD SHIELD MT, a revolutionary high-performing ballistic composite material that provides advanced protection from multi-threats, such as blades and spikes, as well as bullet-stopping capabilities and controlled backface deformation in ballistic protective vests for law enforcement. The material is the latest addition to the company’s innovative line of GOLD SHIELD and SPECTRA SHIELD products.
GOLD SHIELD MT uses Honeywell’s patented SHIELD technology made with aramid fiber and new innovative process technology for stab resistance, and extends the GOLD SHIELD product line for law enforcement from ballistics protection to multi-threat protection from blades and spikes. It outperforms woven aramid products in protecting against various types of trauma such as multi-hit, ballistics and backface. It also enables ballistic protection vests to exhibit the durability and strength that meet the strenuous requirements of law enforcement applications.
“Honeywell’s global supply of ballistic composite materials helps ensure that law enforcement agencies and militaries have access to the world’s leading armor technology,” explained Tim Swinger, General Manager of Armor at Honeywell Life Sciences & Protection Industries. “With GOLD SHIELD MT, manufacturers of ballistic protection vests can incorporate a multi-protection lightweight material into designs that offers increased protection against both blades and spikes, and contributes to ballistic resistance performance.”
GOLD SHIELD MT meets global regulatory standards for law enforcement vest applications, including NIJ, VPAM, and CAST for stab and impact resistant protective equipment. To meet the global body armour demand, in 2019 the company announced an increase in production capacity for its proprietary SPECTRA fibre, an ultra-strong, yet lightweight fibre made from ultra-high molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) for use in advanced armour applications. SPECTRA SHIELD and GOLD SHIELD products have been widely adopted and proven for such 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.
“GOLD SHIELD MT will allow Honeywell to offer new solutions through our SHIELD portfolio to provide even more comprehensive protection with multi-threat ballistic material for next-generation protective gear for the military and law enforcement,” added Swinger. Pound for pound, SPECTRA fibre is 15 times stronger than steel, yet light enough to float. It has up to 60% greater strength than alternate aramid fiber – it is made from UHMWPE using a patented gel-spinning process.