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Honeywell offers Indian Armed Forces state of art body armour materials Featured

  • Wednesday, Nov 29 2017

Honeywell, one of the most trusted companies in the world in the field of providing ballistic materials to protect the military and police forces, has offered India its Spectra fiber and ballistic composite materials for making lighter body armour. 

 

"Honeywell offers ballistic materials that have been trusted to protect military and police forces around the world for more than two decades. For instance, Honeywell Spectra fibre and ballistic composite materials–Spectra Shield, Gold Shield and Gold Flex–are used in a variety of applications where lightweight strength is critical. Our materials can be found in bullet-resistant helmets, vests, plates and vehicles, in addition to industrial and recreational applications including rope and lifting slings, fishing lines, industrial gloves and helmets, and cut-resistant bags", Sanjay Sharma, the spokesperson for Honeywell said in an interview to Defnce Express. 

 

Mr Sharma, who heads Packaging and Composites as Vice President and General Manager at Honeywell, pointed out that 

for law enforcement agencies and the armed forces, bullet-resistant vests and helmets are an essential part of their kit.

 

The Indian forces were increasingly transitioning to body armour that is more protective, he said, adding that with lighter weight and increased flexibility, which is well-aligned with global trends toward lightweight gear for militaries around the world.

 

"These materials should be comfortable enough to wear in regions with varied weather conditions, and they must also be easy to conceal beneath an officer’s uniform," said Mr Sharma. 

 

Honeywell offers ballistic materials that have been trusted to protect military and police forces around the world for more than two decades. For instance, Honeywell Spectra fibre and ballistic composite materials–Spectra Shield, Gold Shield and Gold Flex–are used in a variety of applications where lightweight strength is critical. Our materials can be found in bullet-resistant helmets, vests, plates and vehicles, in addition to industrial and recreational applications including rope and lifting slings, fishing lines, industrial gloves and helmets, and cut-resistant bags

 

Here are excerpts of the interview: 

 

Q:  The major challenge being faced by protection agencies is providing comfort while offering the required protection levels, how does Honeywell materials help mitigate this problem?

 

Soldiers carry dozens of pounds of gear – the equivalent of a car tyre– while on the job. Sometimes, that gear includes electronic equipment, which can add even more weight. In addition to firearms, the weight also comes from protective garments and accessories that are designed to hold their equipment. The law enforcement field is transitioning to lighter weight material to ease the overall load that personnel on the field must carry. Honeywell has worked extensively with manufacturers serving these sectors, and our scientists recently introduced a new fabric designed to meet this challenge. Centurion™ is a composite fabric that is designed for a range of applications where the product must be strong, yet lightweight. It is made from Honeywell’s Spectra fibre, a high-performance, polyethylene material weight that is pound for pound 15 times stronger than steel, yet light enough to float on water.

When used in tactical vests, Centurion can reduce the vest’s weight by up to 40 per cent. Because of the fabric’s strength and durability, it can be laser-cut according to user preference, resulting in slits along the vests that take the place of the traditional heavier straps that have to be sewn in. The vest is not only lighter and more comfortable for personnel to wear, but also faster and easier for manufacturers to produce. Thanks to Spectra fibre, they are also resistant to cuts, abrasion and water, making them ideal for many tough environments.

 

Q:Are there any other areas where Spectra fibre is used apart from the personnel protection equipment?

 

Spectra fiber is made from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene using a patented gel-spinning process. It has up to 60 percent greater strength than alternate aramid fiber and, pound for pound, it is 15 times stronger than steel yet light enough to float. The fiber is highly resistant to chemicals and damaging ultraviolet light. Spectra’s filaments are larger in diameter than competitive HMPE products, providing superior abrasion resistance, reduced friction and improved processing during rope manufacturing.

 

The strength and light weight of Spectra fiber make it ideal for a wide range of rope applications including towing, lifting, mooring, and rescue ropes, and ropes used in adventure sports like sailing, kite-surfing, and parachuting. The versatile material is also used in professional fishing lines—lines made with Spectra fiber are 4 times stronger than nylon. Spectra fiber is also increasingly being used in high performance performance textile applications such as theft-resistant bags and abrasion-resistant motorcycle jeans.

 

 

Q:  Who are the existing customers of Spectra for Honeywell and are there any ongoing deals/tenders?

 

With excellent stopping power in multi-hit and angle-shot situations, today  Honeywell’s protection materials are used by more than half of all NIJ.06 certified vest models. They rely on Honeywell ballistic materials to deliver the performance demanded by law enforcement and military personnel throughout the world.

 

Honeywell has been at the forefront of bullet-resistant technology for militaries and a leader in developing ballistic materials for the U.S. law enforcement market for more than 20 years. Honeywell works with partners around the world to guide them on how to best utilize our Spectra technology to achieve their product goals. We have been selling this special material to Indian companies like Kanpur-based MKU for more than 10 years, for use in advanced armor materials.

 

 

Q:   Is Honeywell aligned with the Make in India mission. ? Which are the Indian companies Honeywell is looking to work with for transferring critical technology to Indian partners?

 

Honeywell supports the Government of India’s Make in India initiative. We have seven manufacturing facilities and five technology centers in the country, with offices and sales presence in more than 50 cities. We have been in India for more than 80 years now. Our employee base in the country has grown from 1,000 employees in 2002 to more than 15,000 today, of which 8,000 are engineers tackling some of the world’s toughest challenges in energy efficiency, safety, and productivity.

 

 

Q:   In what way solutions offered by Honeywell are superior than the competitors? 

 

Spectra fiber is one of the strongest synthetic fibers in the world. It is 15 times stronger than steel, yet light enough to float. A new Spectra fabric called Centurion™, a composite fabric designed for use in law enforcement apparel and equipment, it can lighten police vests by 35 to 40 percent, while providing comparable performance as other materials. It is also known for its ultralight and ultra strong characteristics. Strong is not only fabric strength, but also durability which often meets or exceeds industry standards. The cool to the touch feel makes it ideal for specific fabric applications with those requirements.

It’s life-saving fiber technology used for bullet-resistant vests and gear worn by militaries and law enforcement officers around the world gives it an edge. Militaries and law enforcement officers around the world use Honeywell Spectra Shield composite materials for breakthrough armour systems that consistently meet some of the highest global performance standards for protection.

 

 

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