Next generation armor technology with Dyneema unidirectional (UD) material will be supplied by Royal DSM NV, Heerlen/Netherlands, together with its armor manufacturing partner, MKU Ltd., Kanpur/India, to support the Sao Paulo police in Brazil.
The hybrid vest solution developed MKU, a leader in defense and homeland security solutions, utilizes predominantly Dyneema UD material made from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) to reach new levels of performance and protection while simultaneously enhancing user comfort and mobility. The material offers ballistic solutions for personal and vehicle armor that combine maximum strength with minimum weight. In soft armor applications, Dyneema offers up to 35% weight reduction while still protecting against both legacy and emerging threats.
The Sao Paulo police, which is comprised of more than 100,000 officers, is the first law enforcement agency in Brazil to initiate a tender for personal protective equipment based on the latest National Institute of Justice (NIJ) .06 standards for body armor, which provide comprehensive and rigorous compliance for the performance and testing of ballistic materials. In addition to NIJ .06 certification, the tender set extremely lightweight requirements for level IIIA soft armor vests.