UHMWPE fiber helps personnel carrier go ballistic


Fiber made from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber has been employed as a ballistic material in a amphibious armored personnel vehicle produced in Turkey. The fiber is used in the form of a tape made from Dyneema UHMWPE supplied by DSM Dyneema (Urmond, The Netherlands).

The lightweight, cost-effective Dyneema BT10 ballistic tape has been specified by FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.Ş., a leading producer of armored vehicles based in Turkey. The company recently was awarded a major contract from an Asian government to manufacture 8x8 PARS amphibious armored personnel vehicles featuring spall liners made with BT10.

Spall liners protect vehicle occupants from high-velocity fragments that are created when, for example, explosive shells send shock waves through the vehicle's metal armor. In developing the armored vehicles, FNSS says it put special emphasis on mobility, protection, and payload. FNSS will use Dyneema BT10 tape for spall liners in 257 PARS (Turkish for Anatolian leopard) vehicles. The amphibious vehicle will be supplied in 12 variants during 2013-2018
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